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The Domestic Abuse Act was signed into law on the 29th April. The Act provides protections to survivors of domestic abuse and strengthen measures to tackle perpetrators.   The Domestic Abuse Act ensures for the first time there is a legal definition of domestic abuse which incorporates a range of abuses beyond physical violence, including emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse. Following this, the Government introduced Statutory Guidance in July 2022 to support practitioners identifying and responding to domestic abuse and promote best practice. The guidance identifies signs of domestic abuse, explores the impact on children and survivors with differing needs and experiences. It also explores multi-agency response to domestic abuse.

Who is Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (and the Statutory Guidance July 2022) aimed at?

Childrens Social Care Staff

Course Length

a half day

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:


·         Inform delegates of the widened definition of Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control


·         Understand the CJS response to Domestic Abuse including polygraph testing for those who are convicted of domestic abuse related offences.


·         How to utilise the Domestic Abuse Prevention Order (DAPO) and guidance on the use of Clare’s law

·         Develop knowledge on other key provisions such as statutory requirement to provide safe accommodation to survivors of Domestic Abuse

·         Explore the signs of domestic abuse, the impact on survivors and multi-agency responses, as highlighted in the statutory guidance

·         Signpost delegates to local resources to support survivors of Domestic Abuse and address behaviours of those who perpetrate this behaviour

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