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Reporting and investigation services

What is domestic violence

The agreed definition of Domestic Violence is:

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Also see what is domestic abuse & violence

There are documents to help you identify abuse, these are called power and control wheels.

Power and control wheel and LGBT power and control wheel

The equality wheel shows what a healthy relationship should be. Equality wheel

The effect on Children and Young People,

Domestic violence also has a serious effect on children and young people. For more information see the Safeguarding Children Board webpages Domestic violence - the effect on children and young people

Support for victims:

What is an IDVA?

The main purpose of independent domestic violence advisors (IDVA) is to address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children. Serving as a victim’s primary point of contact, IDVAs normally work with their clients from the point of crisis to assess the level of risk, discuss the range of suitable options and develop safety plans.

They are pro-active in implementing the plans, which address immediate safety, including practical steps to protect themselves and their children, as well as longer-term solutions. These plans will include actions from the MARAC as well as sanctions and remedies available through the criminal and civil courts, housing options and services available through other organisations. IDVAs support and work over the short- to medium-term to put them on the path to long-term safety. They receive specialist accredited training and hold a nationally recognised qualification.

One Stop Shop

The One Stop Shop is a confidential service for people experiencing domestic violence or abuse in Merton.

For more information view the One Stop Shop page

If you are worried about a friend and would like advice on how to help look at the information below.

Civil Orders

non-molestation order are a civil order preventing someone contacting or harassing you. For more information see: Get an injunction if you've been the victim of domestic violence (GOV.UK website)

You can also find out about these orders by visiting the One Stop Shop or speaking to a domestic violence worker/ IDVA on 020 7801 1777.

How to gain a non Molestation order

MARAC - multi-agency risk assessment conference

You can find out more information on the MARAC information page.

Claire's Law

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme goes live nationwide on 8 March 2014, giving members of the public a right to ask police when they have a concern that their partner may pose a risk to them or where they are concerned that the partner of a member of their family or a friend may pose a risk to that individual.

If an application is made under the scheme, Police and partner agencies will carry out checks and if they show that the partner has a record of abusive offences, or there is other information to indicate that there may be a risk from the partner, the Police will consider sharing this information.

For more information see Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Met Police website) or talk with an independent domestic violence advisor on 020 7801 1777 or visit Wimbledon Police Station.


16 Days against Violence Campaign

The 16 days campaign runs from 25th November to 10th December every year. Its a campaign that aims to promote support services and raise awareness  of domestic violence and how it affects people.

The 16 days starts with white ribbon day on 25th November, more information can be found at White ribbon website

UK says NO MORE campaign

Merton has become one of the first London boroughs to join a national campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault.

NO MORE began in America in March 2013. Launched as a unifying symbol to end Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults it campaigns to engage communities to take a stand against these crimes.

In May 2016 NO MORE was launched in the UK. The campaign is overseen by Hestia, one of the leading third sector organisations working within these fields.

Advice and information

  • Victim Support/ Domestic violence workers/ IDVA - 020 7801 1777
  • How to gain a non Molestation order
  • Dogs Trust Freedom Project - pet fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse
  • National 24 hour helpline and refuge - 0808 2000 247
  • Broken rainbow - providing confidential support to all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities, their family and friends, and agencies supporting them. - 0300 999 5428
  • The National Stalking Helpline provides guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking. - 0808 802 0300
  • LGBT domestic abuse project

See also

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 13 June 2017

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