The Government defines domestic violence as
“Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.”
This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called ‘honour based violence’, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
Domestic abuse in any form, should be seen as a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim.
MKSCB supports the Health and Wellbeing Board and Safer MK in its efforts to reduce Domestic Abuse across Milton Keynes. Research evidence tells us that the impact of Domestic abuse on children and young people can be detrimental to their progress and wellbeing.
Professionals can access multi agency training at http://mkscb.org/inter-agency-training/ on identifying Domestic Abuse and the use of the DASH form (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Tool) free of charge through the MKSCB.
Advice on consent can be found here #ConsentIsEverything http://www.consentiseverything.com/