Does your service or your MARAC support under-18’s experiencing domestic abuse?

The Home Office is considering amending the definition of domestic abuse to include young people between 16-18.  In the latest VAWG newsletter (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/crime/vawg-newsletters/vawg-winter-2011?view=Binary ) they are asking for feedback about the provision of support to young people experiencing domestic abuse – so if your service, IDVA team or MARAC work directly with this age group, please respond by 31st December 2011.

2 Comments to “Does your service or your MARAC support under-18’s experiencing domestic abuse?”

  1. Young people from the age of 17 and upwards are supported on our local MARAC. 17 and 18 year olds can access IDVA support and support groups. 16 year olds would be suppotred between the IDVA and Children’ s Services Department within our organisation. We have recently set up a group for 15-17 year olds to enable young people to explore and understand what constitutes abuse and recognise the behaviours, to promote and support the message that abuse in relationships in not normal or acceptable.

    However, we are hindered by additional support from local agencies. We would support the change in definition – this would eliminate the loop hole that young people aged 16-18 experiencing domestic abuse often fall into.

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