Who is this toolkit for?


Survivors rely on many different services; these can range from advocacy support, economic information to health care.  It is important that agencies are clear about their roles and the guidance available. Survivors may encounter a number of barriers when seeking help such as social stigma, exclusion, discrimination or labelling and it is important to be aware of this when developing safe and effective inter-agency responses.

The value of this toolkit is in supporting the coordination and connection of services across sectors.  The toolkit is aimed at frontline practitioners, managers across the statutory and voluntary sector and those involved in developing policy and practice on domestic violence.

Professionals in statutory agencies responsible for developing local strategies will find the toolkit useful for determining the role of each agency in responding to domestic violence and developing training and guidance for these individual agencies and practitioners. It will provide the most up to date research, evaluations and policies to help you plan for your local area. It will provide you with knowledge and evidence base for making the case for the funding of domestic violence work and why it should be given priority focus within partnerships such as the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) and the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP). It will help you make the case for why domestic violence responses must go far beyond the criminal justice system.

Practitioners within individual front line agencies, at both the statutory and voluntary level, will find the toolkit useful for making the case for domestic violence within your agency providing evidence of the need for effective and safe responses and also providing guidance to do this. It will provide information of projects and initiatives that have already undertaken this work whom you may wish to contact for more information.