All professionals

Our leaflets for all professionals are available to download below. 
The Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Service (ISVA) is provided by Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership.  Please see leaflets below for more information.
The document below sets out the Home Office Domestic Abuse Act Guidance and the key responsibilities by agency.

No Recourse to Public Funds

The No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Network guidance is aimed at adult social care, housing, public health and NHS professionals who are responsible for making decisions about entitlement to support or who are advising adults with no recourse to public funds who are experiencing homelessness. 

The guidance is intended to assist local authorities to establish which duties and powers will need to be considered when an adult who is ineligible for benefits is experiencing homelessness, who may need to be involved in delivering support, and what can be done to help establish a long-term solution to the person’s situation of homelessness or destitution.

Access the guidance at NRPF Network | Introduction

The flowchart below shows all available services for adult and child victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence
Non-Fatal Strangulation - The resource below explains the signs and symptoms of strangulation - including signs that are not so obvious.  It also sets out the long term effects that non-fatal strangulation can have which include heart attacks, strokes, brain damage and death.
Health Professionals

The information leaflet below is for professionals working within health, with patients that may be experiencing new or ongoing mental health episodes and may lack mental capacity to meaningfully engage to encourage professional curiosity regarding any domestic abuse response.

The NICE Quality Standard for Domestic Violence and Abuse was released on 1st March 2016.  The Health and Social Care Act 2012 sets out a clear expectation that the care system should consider NICE quality standards in planning and delivering services, as part of a general duty to secure continuous improvement in quality. 
A word about relationship counselling
Where domestic abuse is happening, it is not appropriate to refer to couples' or relationship counselling.  Please see the PDF below for guidance on why it can increase the risk to the victim and empower the abuser.