First response supervisor's checklist - domestic abuse

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Domestic abuse
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First response supervisor's checklist

Checklist of areas for observation and improvement  Yes or No Areas for improvement
1. Victims made to feel safer after police intervention    
2. First responder demonstrates empathy    
3. First responder not judging a victim’s life choices    
4. First responder not judging coping mechanisms such as alcohol/drugs/self-harm    
5. Collection of evidence and evidence-led prosecutions    
6. Completion of DASH as a tool to assist investigation and safeguarding not a tick box exercise    
7. Recognition of and asking about coercive control    
8. Checks on children’s welfare and reassurance given to children at the scene    
9. Recognition of, and recording offender manipulation of first responder    
10. History checks before arrival at scene from the call taker    
11. Addressing counter allegations    
12. Ensuring privacy when separating parties    
13. Telling the victim they are believed and it was the right decision to seek help    
14. Demonstrates an understanding of why victims can be uncooperative    
15. Safety planning with a victim and children    
16. Safeguarding according to need    
17. Using Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)    
18. Demonstrates understanding of the MARAC process and what the MARAC marker means (if applicable)    
19. Dealing appropriately with the needs of victims from diverse communities    
20. Targeting perpetrators for disruption and diversion    
21. Understanding and communicating with young victims and young people that harm in relationships    
22. Recognising harassment and stalking behaviours    
23. Recognising interfamilial DA and its dynamics    
24. Taking positive action and explaining this to the victim    
25. Referral pathways for victims, children and perpetrators    
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