Launch of guidance to support better outcomes for those affected by domestic abuse and gender based violence

Angus Violence Against Women Partnership (AVAWP) has chosen International Women’s Day (8 March), to launch the Angus Multi-agency Good Practice Guide in Domestic Abuse and the Angus Gender Based Violence Guidance for People Working in Youth Settings.

International Women’s Day is a key date regarding gender-based violence and the theme this year is to Choose to Challenge – A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. Raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality are ways in which we can choose to act to challenge for change.

Domestic abuse is a significant issue that requires everyone to work together to address.

Ewen West, Independent Chair, AVAWP said: “As the Independent Chair of the AVAWP, I am pleased to launch these guidance documents on behalf of the partnership, as one of our priorities to challenge and promote change.

AVAWP is fully aware that there is already good practice taking place in individual services and agencies across Angus and this has informed the development of both guidance documents. Our aim is that guidance is available to inform all agencies and services in ensuring appropriate support and good outcomes for every victim in Angus.

By using the guidance as the multiagency core document, workers will be more able to engage effectively, have a shared understanding of need, risk and approach to achieve better outcomes for victims, children and perpetrators.”

If you’ve any questions about the guidance or how best to support victims, please contact the team via their business support address at: ProtectingPeopleAngus@angus.gov.uk

If you know someone who is experiencing abuse and needs help, call our ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 or the police on 101 if it’s urgent or visit our website for links to local services www.angus.gov.uk/protectfromharm.

There’s also a list of contact details of specialist services offering support and information in the guidance documents.