The Devon Local Domestic Abuse Partnership Board is a partnership group working to improving outcomes for victims of domestic abuse, including their children, through a strategic approach to identifying and addressing gaps in support founded on continuous learning.
Within this broad strategic approach, the Board will support Devon County Council in meeting its duty Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. In this role the members of the Board will work together to support, advise and work in partnership with Devon County Council to ensure victims of domestic abuse have access to adequate and appropriate support within relevant safe accommodation services. The Board will establish an equitable partnership that reflects the needs of those impacted by domestic abuse in the local area and works to ensure victims of domestic abuse have access to appropriate and specialist support within relevant safe accommodation services.
The Board will normally meet on a quarterly basis. During the initial process of needs assessment and strategy development required under Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the Board will meet on a monthly basis.
The Board is made up of a number of responsible bodies and agencies that by law, must be represented. The full representation and membership is listed in Annex B.
The Board is chaired by Michelle Thornberry (NHS Devon CCG).
Vice Chair of the Board is Kate Stephens (Devon County Council).
Members of the Board are responsible for ensuring they report back and feed into the Board on behalf of their represented group / body.
In respect of the duty to provide accommodation-based domestic abuse support under Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, the Board will:
In respect of wider work to improve outcomes for victims of domestic abuse, including their children, the Board will act as a forum to consider needs and opportunities brought forward by Board members and identify possible responses by agencies, partnerships or dedicated working groups.
Members will be able to put forward suggested agenda items for consideration. The secretariat will circulate final agendas at least five working days ahead of meetings.
Standing agenda items will include:
Where members are unable to attend a meeting, they are responsible for informing the Board ahead of the meeting and, as far as possible, should ensure a representative is present on behalf of the organisation/body.
Where the discussion of commissioning and decommissioning decisions by the Board might give rise to the risk or appearance of conflicts of interest for any members, the Chair will ask any members affected to withdraw from the meeting during that discussion.
In respect of the duty to provide accommodation-based domestic abuse support under Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021:
These Terms of Reference were adopted by the Board on 20 December 2021.
To describe why and how the Devon Domestic Local Partnership Board and its members hear, understand and respond to people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
As a partnership we are committed to making visible and learning from people’s ‘lived experience’ of domestic violence and abuse in order to improve the individual, service and system impact of our work.
The safety and care of people sharing their stories is our primary concern and this Framework sets out how we engage, listen to and respond to people who share their stories with us.
We also recognise that as Board members, we will hear experiences that are hard to hear and respond to. We need to help each other in this work so we can continue to listen and hear and take action.
This list of representation and membership is current at 20.12.2021.
|Tier 1 authority: Devon County Council||Adult Social Care and Safeguarding||Fiona Davis, Paul Northcott|
|Tier 1 authority: Devon County Council||Cabinet Portfolio Holder||Cllr Roger Croad|
|Tier 1 authority: Devon County Council||Children’s Social Care||Fran Giblin, Sally Kendrick, Karen Hayes|
|Tier 1 authority: Devon County Council||Communities Commissioning||Kristian Tombline, Susannah Hunter, Nicola Gregg, Simon Milner, Julie Richards|
|Tier 1 authority: Devon County Council||Early Help and Public Health Nursing||Kate Stephens|
|Tier 1 authority: Devon County Council||Education Safeguarding||Jennifer Norris|
|Tier 2 authorities||East Devon District Council||Jo Garfoot|
|Tier 2 authorities||Exeter City Council||Melinda Pogue-Jackson, Richard Cromptom|
|Tier 2 authorities||Mid Devon District Council||Simon Newcombe|
|Tier 2 authorities||North Devon Council||Jeremy Mann|
|Tier 2 authorities||South Hams District Council||Isabel Blake|
|Tier 2 authorities||Teignbridge District Council||Janet Williams|
|Tier 2 authorities||Torridge District Council||Janet Williams|
|Tier 2 authorities||West Devon Borough Council||Isabel Blake|
|Tier 2 authorities||Devon and Cornwall Housing Options Partnership||Alex Purnell|
Victims of domestic abuse: The voice of victims and the children of victims will be heard through thematic focus groups with themes identified by a working group of the Board. Thematic engagement will be co-produced with specialist support providers and group participants and will be carried out within the ethical framework agreed by the Board.
Children of domestic abuse victims: As for victims above
|Charities and voluntary ogranisations working with victims of domestic abuse||Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services||Caroline Voaden|
|Charities and voluntary ogranisations working with victims of domestic abuse||North Devon Against Domestic Abuse||Sue Wallace|
|Charities and voluntary ogranisations working with victims of domestic abuse||Stop abuse for everyone (SAFE)||Emma Morris|
|Charities and voluntary ogranisations working with victims of domestic abuse||Splitz Support Service||Rachel Wetton|
|Charities and voluntary organisations working with people and communities with relevant protected characteristics and/or multiple complex needs who may experience barriers to accessing domestic abuse support||Co-Lab Exeter||Jeanie Lynch|
|Charities and voluntary organisations working with people and communities with relevant protected characteristics and/or multiple complex needs who may experience barriers to accessing domestic abuse support||Encompass Southwest||Claire Fisher|
|Charities and voluntary organisations working with people and communities with relevant protected characteristics and/or multiple complex needs who may experience barriers to accessing domestic abuse support||Intercom Trust||Julia Boas|
|Living options||Leila Manion|
|Plumouth and Devon Racial Equality Council||Julie Paget|
|Sunrise diversity||Sarah Vingoe|
|Health care services||NHS Devon CCG||Michele Thornberry|
|Health care services||Devon Partership Trust||Penny Rogers|
|Policing or criminal justice||Devon and Cornwall Police||DCI Lee Natrass|
|Policing or criminal justice||HM Prison and Probation Service||Louise Arscott|