Professionals

Domestic abuse is everyone’s business

Training and development opportunities are available to professionals who work in statutory or voluntary organisations, including faith and community groups in Bexley Borough.

New training prospectus coming soon

We need you –
domestic abuse champions

Research tells us that domestic abuse victims can go to as many as five agencies before they find appropriate help, advice and support.
By having domestic abuse champions in many agencies, the aim is to dramatically reduce this number and provide a more joined-up approach. In order to work effectively with victims and to ensure their safety, professionals need to have a common understanding of the issues and have the ability to coordinate their efforts and work more efficiently. We need to disseminate a good understanding of domestic abuse among professionals in all agencies in a way that ensures that the information is of good quality and up to date.

Domestic Abuse Champions Network Newsletter Winter 2019-2020

Bexley Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

A MARAC is a regular local meeting to discuss how to help victims at high risk of serious harm. MARAC brings together representatives from a number of agencies in Bexley to discuss the safety, health and well-being of people experiencing domestic abuse (and their children).

All professionals should have access to a nominated domestic abuse lead who is trained in completing a domestic abuse stalking, harassment and honour-based violence risk identification checklist (DASH).

Email: MARAC@bexley.gov.uk with any enquiries >

MARAC resources and guidance >

Solace Women’s Aid

In April 2019 Solace Women’s Aid was appointed by the London Borough of Bexley to provide vital domestic abuse services in the borough.

Solace offers free advice and support to women, children and men in London to build safe and strong lives.  Futures free from abuse and violence.

Their community service will deliver a specialist domestic abuse service that provides a One-Stop Shop IDVA service for high-risk cases, an outreach service for media risk cases and resilience-building group programmes.  Their aim is that all women, children and men affected by abuse are given the specialist support needed to build safer lives and stronger futures.

To make a referral on behalf of individuals>

Individuals can self-refer by calling 0203 1984 659 Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Solace Women’s Aid leaflet / poster (PDF) download

If you would like further publicity materials please email Solace.

Legal Clinic

The legal clinic is a joint partnership with legal firm, TG Baynes, who offer a weekly pro bono service to victims of domestic abuse who live or work in London Borough of Bexley. They are childcare proceedings specialist and excel in family law provision.  Appointments for the Legal Clinic are available most Tuesday mornings with half-hour slots between 10 am and 12 noon.  To access this service please email marac@bexley.gov.uk

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) – often referred to as “Clare’s Law” after the tragic case of Clare Wood who was murdered by her former partner in Greater Manchester in 2009. The scheme was rolled out across all 43 police forces in England and Wales in March 2014. Clare’s Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. Under Clare’s Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.

DVDS Home Office Guidance >

How to request domestic abuse offender data >

Metropolitan Police Service leaflet for applicants >