Council’s domestic violence service hailed as best practice by the Home Office

Hounslow Council’s domestic violence service has been recognised as best practice in the Home Office’s latest statutory guidance.

Published: Wednesday, 27th July 2022

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Hounslow Council’s domestic violence service has been recognised as best practice in the Home Office’s latest statutory guidance. 

The service, which supports all victims affected by gender-based violence, has seen a huge increase in demand since the start of the first lockdown and receives roughly 100 referrals a month. 

The service works closely with Adult Social Care Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA), the Metropolitan Police and the Clinical Commissioning Group within the NHS. 

Its multi-agency approach also includes partnerships with housing services, welfare benefits advisers, family law solicitors, immigration solicitors, children’s support workers, ethnic minority support workers to support families across Hounslow. 

The guidance by the Home Office highlighted the success of Hounslow’s ‘One Stop Shop’, which offers a free weekly drop-in service for a variety of partners that support victims of domestic violence

Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Cabinet Member for Community, said: 

“Being mentioned in the latest statutory guidance on Domestic Violence is testament to the strong partnerships we have across different agencies. I am so proud of all the work we do together to support victims of domestic abuse and this service contributed to Hounslow winning ‘Council of the year’ in 2021.
“No one should feel unsafe or scared. If you spot any signs of domestic abuse be it a friend, relative, neighbour or anyone you know please get in touch with this service.” 

Along with the ‘One Stop Shop’ sessions, the service also provides vital support to children affected by domestic abuse. The Council works closely with schools and Specialist Parent and Child Domestic Abuse Workers (PCDAWs) to provide holistic therapeutic support to children and non-abusive parents. 

To read the latest guidance from the Home office, click here. 

For more information about the service, click here. 

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