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Projected service use and outcomes in 3-5 years

Adults :: Domestic Abuse :: Projected service use and outcomes in 3-5 years

Domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes for Kent and Medway appears to have increased over the last three years from 19.8 cases per 1,000 population (14/15) to 24.9 per 1,000 population (16/17). However the most recent figure represents a new way of calculating the data and is therefore not directly comparable to previous figures. The rate for Medway is in line with peer comparator areas which range from 18.8 (Plymouth) to 34.3 (Stockton-on-Tees)[1].

Services are currently working at full capacity and this is set to continue with domestic abuse rates rising. Several factors indicate that there could be an increase in the demand for domestic abuse services over the next few years. These include:


• Improved screening and training within various settings is likely to increase the identification of domestic abuse and subsequently the increase need for support.
• Continued changes to welfare including, legal aid, child benefit, housing benefit, universal credit, under-occupancy rules and disability living allowance will have an impact on women and children affected by domestic abuse, but the extent has not been fully assessed.
• Local authorities across the country are increasingly trying to manage reduced budgets and this is directly affecting the services available to support women and children.
• Technology is increasingly being used as a tool to stalk, harass and psychologically abuse victims.

Local actions should help to mitigate against the potential increase in domestic abuse services. These include:


• Improved early help and interventions for victims, children and perpetrators will counter balance the traditional 'hierarchy of seriousness' which has led to cases categorised as 'low risk' being unable to access statutory services unless they escalate.
• Improved partnership working in relation to Domestic Abuse will result in limited resources being applied more effectively.
• Outcome based commissioning of services will provide an integrated care pathway for victims of Domestic Abuse.


References

[1]   Public Health England. 1.11 - Domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes - current method 2016/17;