Domestic Abuse for professionals

Definition of domestic violence and abuse

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, and emotional.

Domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak

The outbreak, and the social and household isolation that comes along with it, could mean victims of domestic abuse are at greater risk – this one-minute guide can help professionals explore the alternative support that is available.

There is also a one-minute guide on domestic abuse available on the Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

Safer Portsmouth Partnership Referral Pathway

You can view a copy of our Referral Pathway

Portsmouth Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy 2017-2020

You can view a copy of the Portsmouth Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy Dec 2017

Safe Lives information for practitioners

CAADA now known as Safe Lives provides practical help to support professionals and organisations working with those experiencing domestic abuse. They have developed lots of resources for practitioners which can be found on their website.

Safe Lives Practice Support

Domestic Abuse jargon buster for professionals

DVA – Domestic Violence and Abuse

PIP – Portsmouth IDVA Project (formerly EIP)

IDVA – Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

DAPP – Domestic Abuse Perpetrator & Programme service (provided by Up2U)

DASH – Domestic Abuse, Stalking & Harassment and Honour Based Violence – a risk assessment checklist.

MARAC – Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference

MASH – Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

PPD – Public Protection Department, Hampshire Police – specifically deals with safeguarding issues, incl. DVA

More useful links for Practitioners

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board website and 4LSCB have useful information including on :

Female Genital Mutilation information



MARAC Referral Form

MARAC Meeting Resources

Child Protection in Portsmouth

The Portsmouth Single Assessment and related tools replace the CAF, initial and core assessments and should be used by all professionals to assess children who have additional needs and where there are safeguarding concerns.

The SAF paperwork, tools, and related guidance is available on the PSCB website