11.6 Political Engagement


This section will provide an overview of how to engage with various political mechanisms including guidance on how to influence the decision making process.


Health and Wellbeing Boards Directory

The King's Fund (2012)

More than 130 local authorities have signed up to create shadow health and wellbeing boards with their health partners by April 2012, and we will continue to update the directory as the new boards are established.

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Guide to political engagement for the voluntary sector

AVA - Against Violence & Abuse (2010)

This guidance gives suggestions for effective ways of contacting your elected representatives in order to lobby for improvement to service provision for survivors of domestic violence and their children. It also signposts to resources and organisations who can provide further support.

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Better Together: improving consultation with the third sector report and handbook

Cabinet Office for the Third Sector and Children England (2008)

The primary audience for this publication is public servants, to help them understand the third sector and guide them towards a successful and mutually beneficial way of engaging with the third sector in policy making. Other audiences that may benefit from the document include third sector organisations, politicians and academics with an interest in the relationship between government and the third sector.

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You and Your MP

House of Commons Information Office (2008)

The House of Commons is made up of 646 Members of Parliament (MPs), each representing one constituency. This factsheet gives an introduction to their work and the ways in which they might help you.

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Domestic Violence: an MPs guide

Home Office (2007)

The guidance has been developed to provide MPs with information on what they should do if approached by a constituent experiencing domestic violence. This publication is a valuable introduction and resource for every MP to engage with and signpost constituents to local and national domestic violence organisations.

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Political Engagement

Greater London Domestic Violence Project (2007)

The delegates attending the London Domestic Violence Forum in July 2007 were asked to take part in an exercise to answer questions relating to their experiences of political engagement. Their answers are available in this short briefing.

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The Cost of Domestic Violence

Walby, S. (2004)

The research estimates the cost of domestic violence to the state, employers and the men and women who are subjected to it. The methodology is based on the Home Office framework for costing crime and develops this so as to include the specific cost related to domestic violence. The estimate of costs provides an additional perspective for examining the devastating consequences of domestic violence for society as well as for victims.

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The Case for a Domestic Violence Co-ordinator

James-Hanman, D.

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Mainstreaming gender in policy and planning: south-north experience

James-Hanman, D. (1999)

Excerpts from a paper outlining formal and informal processes for shaping gender aware policy making.

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