1. Safer Homes: Working Together

Domestic abuse, forms of violence against women and sexual violence are complex issues that require sensitive handling by professionals across multiple sectors.

Research shows that the most effective way to tackle these issues is for organisations to  work together at both strategic and operational levels. 

With the introduction of new legislation through the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015, the protection and wellbeing of adults and children experiencing the former should be a core-safeguarding priority across all agencies.

By working together, those delivering services within the community can help identify, reduce and prevent domestic abuse, forms of violence against women and sexual violence. Despite the omission of housing associations in statutory legislation and guidance, all social housing staff have a vital role in reduction and prevention.

Your organisation's own procedures should complement and enhance multi-agency working. Effective multi-agency collaboration requires well-defined processes based on information sharing, clear referral pathways and risk assessments, plus participation in local multi-agency partnerships and case reviews. These tools are essential for effective responses.