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Local response

Tackling domestic abuse is a local priority for the Bracknell Forest Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

The CSP is one of a number of theme partnerships that fall under the Bracknell Forest Partnership (BFP). This collaboration brings together agencies that deliver public services and their single purpose is to improve the quality of life for local people.

Each year, the CSP undertakes a strategic assessment to review performance and reconsider its priorities and targets. It is a partnership document and takes full account of the priorities of all the statutory partners, views of the community as well as current trends, volumes of crime and Anti Social Behaviour categories and future projections. The priorities that are identified in this document inform the content of the CSP Plan which is refreshed each year.

The current Strategic Assessment and CSP Plan can be downloaded from here

In order to carry forward the work associated with tackling domestic abuse in the borough, there is a Domestic Abuse Strategy and associated Action Plan. The Executive Sub Group of the Bracknell Forest Domestic Abuse Forum, which reports to the CSP, has responsibility for overseeing the performance and delivery of the Action Plan.

The current Domestic Abuse Strategy and Action Plan can be downloaded from here

There are also strong links between the Domestic Abuse Forum and Executive Sub Group, the Bracknell Forest Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board. For more information, click here.

Government response

Domestic violence and abuse is a priority for the current government.

In March 2014, the government published a review of its Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) action plan which can be downloaded here.

Key developments of note are:

Domestic violence disclosure scheme

Following a pilot in the Greater Manchester, Nottingham, West Nottinghamshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire police forces, from 8 March 2014, the domestic violence disclosure scheme (also known as Clare’s Law) was implemented across England and Wales.

Under the scheme, an individual can either ask police to check whether an existing or new partner has a violent past, known as ‘right to ask’, or an agency can apply for a disclosure if they believe that an individual is at risk of domestic abuse from their partner, known as ‘right to know’. For more information on the scheme in the Thames Valley, please download the following leaflet here.

Domestic violence protection notices and orders (DVPO)

Following a pilot in the West Merica, Wiltshire and Greater Manchester police force areas, from 8 March, Domestic violence protection orders (DVPOs) were implemented across England and Wales.

These orders provide protection to victims by enabling the police and magistrates to put in place protection in the immediate aftermath of a domestic abuse incident whereby a perpetrator can be banned with immediate effect from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days, allowing the victim time to consider their options and get the support they need.

For more info

For further details on the government response to domestic violence and abuse, please visit the Home Office website

For further details on the local response to domestic abuse, please visit Bracknell Forest Council's website