Presentation by Tom Rahilly (Head of Strategy and Development for Looked After Children, NSPCC), Hilary Fisher (Head of Policy and Membership, Women's Aid) and Gwynne Raynes (Development Manager, NSPCC Children's Services Development and Delivery) to National Children and Adult Services Conference 2014
Thursday 30th October 2014, 11.40am

Research suggests that approximately 30% of adult women and 16.3% of adult men have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16, and that 75% of children subject to child protection plans are living with domestic abuse. This abuse has significant and long lasting consequences for victims and children. Children, for example, are more likely to experience problems in their cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

Current domestic violence services are usually delivered separately for either perpetrators or victims, with the majority of services targeted towards supporting female victims and the recovery needs of children who are no longer living with domestic abuse. Further work is needed to integrate and improve this support.

There is also a strong need to improve the evidence of effectiveness across all areas of domestic abuse interventions; evaluation data is limited and often the only robust data is from US studies.

This session explored the development of effective new approaches to tackling domestic abuse. It had a particular focus on the importance of parent-child relationships and aimed to stimulate debate and capture feedback about the needs and gaps in the current services landscape.