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What to do if someone discloses domestic abuse or you believe they are experiencing domestic abuse

Assessment of current riskRemaining with an abusive partner

Assessment of current risk

If someone discloses domestic abuse or you believe they are experiencing domestic abuse then please complete the DASH RIC which helps provide an assessment of their current risk.

If they are not at a high risk of immediate harm, then you will need to get their consent to refer them to the Somerset Domestic Abuse Service. Otherwise, if they are high-risk, then although good practice to seek consent it is not required.

Please remember that the most dangerous time is when the victim leaves the relationship and that leaving the relationship does not mean the abuse ends.

So helping to plan their safety is an essential part of supporting someone who is or has experienced domestic abuse.

Remaining with an abusive partner

Maintain a non-judgmental approach and empower victims by listening to and respecting their wishes, not telling them what to do. Support them by ensuring they are aware of their different options and what support is available. By respecting their decision you are empowering them and increasing confidence not controlling them.

If the victim wants to stay with the abusive partner and there are children or other family members who access the property then you need to assess whether there are any safeguarding concerns. Any safeguarding concerns must be reported through the organisation’s own safeguarding procedure.

A victim may leave and return to an abuser many times before they make the final break.

Last reviewed: September 15, 2023 by Sophie

Next review due: March 15, 2024

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