Domestic Abuse Strategy

Helping people live free from abuse

This multi-agency strategy was launched on 6 March 2020.

The strategy brings together a range of statutory agencies including; Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, NHS, Kent Fire and Rescue, the National Probation Service, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, and Kent’s district and borough councils.

After a public consultation, it was found that there was a need for a:

  • multi-agency action plan
  • strategic needs assessment.

Both of these are currently under development and once completed, they will inform the joint commissioning of future services across Kent and Medway through a newly formed Kent and Medway Domestic Abuse Commissioning Group.

Purpose of the strategy

We want to help people live free from abuse. The strategy sets out our joint vision, priorities and commitments to reduce the levels of domestic abuse, and ensure that where domestic abuse does take place, all those affected get the right support, quickly.

The Domestic Abuse Strategy defines domestic abuse as:

  • physical or sexual abuse
  • violent or threatening behaviours
  • controlling or coercive behaviours
  • psychological or emotional abuse
  • honour-based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • economic abuse.

The strategy will support agencies and partnerships to design and deliver the most appropriate responses to anyone affected by domestic abuse in Kent and Medway, and will focus on preventing and responding through five key priorities. These priorities are:

  • driving change together
  • prevention and early intervention
  • provision of services
  • minimising harm
  • justice, recovery and ongoing protection.

For more information, please contact PSRPolicy@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 415782.