Validate what’s happening to the person:
Check current safety:
Consider if there is an immediate risk and if the perpetrator(s) is present. Seek management support and call police. You may need to support access to emergency accommodation, please call 0808 2000 247.
This is particularly important with FGM/HBA/FM. Remember to protect your personal safety.
Is there a child or vulnerable adult at risk?
Consider safety and confidentiality when recording information and follow your organisation’s data protection policies. Extreme care needs to be taken with documenting domestic abuse. In order to maintain confidentiality, any record of domestic violence should be kept separately from notes which the perpetrator may have access to i.e. records he may access as a parent.
Honour based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation
If you receive a disclosure or suspect any of these contact CADS immediately on 0344 800 8020 or phone 999 in emergencies.