Domestic Abuse

Resources for Professionals



Domestic Abuse Forum (DAF)

The Domestic Abuse Forum (DAF) falls under the Community Safety Partnership and membership includes officers from the following services.


  • Isle of Wight Council (Children’s Services, Adults’ Social Care, Public Health, Local Member portfolio holder for Community Safety). 
  • Hampshire Constabulary.
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.
  • NHS Trust.
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Probation Service.
  • Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • Service providers for those suffering from Domestic Abuse (YOU Trust, WOW, Hampton Trust and Barnardo’s).
  • Service providers for those suffering from drug and alcohol related issues
  • Office of the Police Crime Commissioner.
  • Isle of Wight College

The forum, held quarterly provides effective leadership in the areas of domestic abuse to ensure shared strategic objectives and joint approach across all services and sectors promoting multi agency working, collective decision-making and comprehensive information sharing and data collection.

DAF strategy and priorities

View the current Strategic Document (PDF, 298KB, 13 pages).

The current priorities for the DAF are:

1.     To prevent domestic abuse (and associated harm) from taking place

2.     To plan and deliver co-ordinated, effective and sustainable services to victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse

3.     To understand our local needs and priorities for future planning with regards to domestic abuse services

If you wish to discuss the work of the DAF further or any news, events or training which you would like us to consider, please contact us using the message service, alternatively our contact details can be found the 'contact' tab above.


View the DAF Action Plan 

View the DAF Action Plan Summary

View the IW Domestic Abuse Referral Pathway

Domestic Abuse Poster

A poster campaign launched across the island. Download the current poster.

Training for Professionals

The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (SCP) and Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) continually run training and events within the community on domestic abuse, please see below links for further information on the courses available:

·       SCP

·       LSAB

 Dragonfly Project

The Dragonfly project works with isolated communities across the Island. This project aims to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse enabling communities to support each other. Professionals who work directly with the public are often the first person somebody in a domestic abuse relationship may have contact with and by attending their free domestic abuse workshop you can become a Champion. In return you will receive dragonfly badge and window sticker to wear  with pride, speak about what you have learnt and offer guidance to those experiencing domestic abuse should they approach you. You will be provided with on-going specialist support from You First.The dragonfly sticker is  displayed in the windows of organisations, shops, schools, etc  where members of the community can see it  and the dragonfly badges worn by champions let people affected by domestic abuse know who they can talk to.  The Dragonfly was chosen by You First clients as this represents - Courage, Change and Hope

Training is on the following dates in 2020 and provided by YOU First 0800 234 6266

  • Wednesday 04 November -1pm to 4,30 pm
  • Wednesday 18 November -1pm to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November -1pm to 4.30pm