Safeguarding for Professionals

What is domestic violence and abuse?

Domestic violence makes up the majority of violence against women, children and men locally and nationally. It includes physical, psychological, sexual violence; emotional abuse; financial exploitation and stalking. It is best understood as a pattern of behaviour characterised by the misuse of power and control. It often escalates over time!

For more on this, visit: Domestic Violence and Abuse .

Calderdale domestic abuse strategic board

Calderdale’s partnership approach to tackling domestic abuse recognises that it harms the whole of society, impacting all sections of our community. Under the leadership of the Domestic Abuse (DA) Strategic Board, partners involved in the production of this strategy recognise the importance of collaboration. They are committed to shared responsibility and action across all sectors. We recognise that victims of domestic abuse are drawn from diverse backgrounds, with wide ranging individual circumstances.

For more on this, please read: PDFCalderdale Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2016 to 2019 [PDF 417KB] .

Calderdale domestic abuse bulletin

This is an update for professionals on the local and national work to support families affected by domestic abuse.

For the latest copy, please read: FileDomestic abuse bulletin for July 2018 .

For schools

Schools 'Healthy Relationships' resource

For a list of resources for primary and secondary schools relating to Healthy Relationships, see:

The resource list includes these topics:

  • Domestic Abuse;
  • Child Sexual Exploitation;
  • Emotional Wellbeing;
  • and specific SEND resources.

Support for victims and families

Calderdale domestic abuse hub

The following forms and guidance have been updated. Please use the new versions from 23rd October 2017.

Domestic abuse training

For Level 1 Domestic Abuse e-learning, visit: Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board .

Children and young people

To support professionals working with young people who may be experiencing domestic abuse, please visit: Young people and Domestic abuse traffic light tool .

Calderdale young people have written, directed and produced a short film with Fixers . This was supported by the Council’s Young People’s Service Voice and Influence team. It is about experiences of forced marriage and honour based abuse.

The Open Minds Calderdale website for children and young people gives advice, information, support and signposting to young people about emotional health and wellbeing. For more on this, visit: Emotional health and wellbeing .

Forced marriage and honour based violence

Female genital mutilation

Adolescent to parent violence

Calderdale domestic abuse strategy for 2016 to 2019

Health professionals

See also