The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Domestic Abuse Forum meets quarterly with representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies across the borough which support anyone affected by domestic abuse.
The Forum aims to:
- work effectively together in partnership with a view to reducing the incidence of domestic abuse in the borough;
- support practitioners working with individuals affected by domestic abuse by providing an information sharing and networking opportunity;
- increase both practitioner and public awareness and understanding about domestic abuse;
- contribute towards the work of the Royal Borough Community Safety Partnership and other multi agency partnerships to reduce domestic abuse in the borough.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Domestic Abuse (DA) Forum acts as a consultative group and is accountable to the boroughs Domestic Abuse Executive Group (DAEG).
The DAEG provides a strategic lead of multi-agency responses to domestic abuse in the borough and meets the function of the required Local Partnership Board (LPB) as set out under Section 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
The DA Executive Group holds overall responsibility for development and delivery of the Community Safety Partnership Domestic Abuse Strategy and Action Plan.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has adopted the SafeLives Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Abuse (DASH) Risk Identification checklist.
All agencies should use this with their clients, particularly if they need to be referred to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) meeting. For more information about MARAC download the Royal Borough Domestic Abuse Pathway document.
We recommend that all organisations routinely employ risk assessments with their clients. It is good practice to complete the DASH risk indicator checklist, as this is used on a multi-agency basis across the borough. Risk is not static: as circumstances change so do risk levels and the checklist may need to be revisited.
SafeLives has further information and guidance on risk assessment for professionals.
Read the advice around making a safety plan on the women's aid website.
Domestic Homicide reviews
Since April 2011 there is a statutory requirement for local areas to conduct a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) following a domestic homicide that meets the criteria.
- Multi-agency Statutory Guidance for the Conduct of Domestic Homicide reviews was reissued by the Home Office in 2016.
- Key findings from analysis of Domestic Homicide Reviews (Home Office) December 2016.
A quarterly domestic abuse newsletter is produced by the Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator which contains up to date local and national information.