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Domestic Abuse information for Professionals/volunteers


'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

'Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour. Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.'


(Home Office, March 2013)



For more information visit the professionals section of the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse website.  





Domestic Abuse - Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC)


The MARAC is a regular meeting to discuss how to help victims at high risk of murder or serious harm.  A domestic abuse specialist (IDVA), police, children’s social services, health and other relevant agencies all share information about the victim, the family and perpetrator, to enable them to devise an action plan to reduce risk for each victim. Three new Domestic Abuse Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) arrangements were put into place from July 2016 across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.


For more information and how to make referrals please visit the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse website.



Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)


SETDAB have created a specific landing page on their website offering information and guidance for those agencies that may be involved in conducting Domestic Homicide Reviews. The webpage also includes a video tutorial on using the chronolator tool, to support agencies who are asked to complete this for the first time.


A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is a review into the circumstances around a death of someone following domestic abuse.  The purpose is to establish what can be learned from the death regarding the way in which local professionals and organisations work individually and together to safeguard victims. 


Useful Documents


SET Procedures - Safeguarding children affected by domestic abuse and violence (Section 17)


Southend, Essex & Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board Strategy 2020-2025


MARAC referral form (SETDAB)