As a survivor of domestic abuse I feel DASH should be compulsory.
DASH was designed because Conclusions from many domestic homicides and serious case reviews showed:
- lack of understanding and training regarding risk identification, assessment and management
- insufficient risk identification, assessment and management
- insufficient information sharing
- failure to manage the intelligence
- failure to make the links across public protection and serial offending.
However, today in 2014 we are still seeing numerous victims and survivors killed by this epidemic known as domestic abuse.
So many victims are being let down by agencies and professional that they are rapidly losing faith in them and we will have statistics showing us that domestic abuse Police calls are down, but it won’t because perpetrators are no longer abusing them but simply because victims won’t have the confidence or faith to speak out.
Victims are tiresome of listening to, we are learning from this, you can’t keep saying that where people’s lives are in your hands; we live in a society where there is so much blood on people’s hands, it is so very, very sad.
How on earth can professional have a lack of understand and training, regarding risk identification, assessment and management? My question is, why are they in this job without the basic skills? How can they protect victims without training and ongoing training? It is absolutely ludicrous.
All agencies and profession must have the common sense to share information, surely? How can such vital information be kept so close to your chest? Lives are at risk here and then when it’s too late we hear the same old scenario, we are sorry it has happened, we will learn from this, but the sad reality of life is, you don’t! You don’t learn from and you think an apology cuts it, it doesn’t!
How can victims families have closure on their lost son or daughter’s life. How?
It seems to me that we live in a society where the perpetrator can do what they want but when the victim finds the courage to speak out, they get blamed for it.
I believe that DASH should be compulsory through out all Police Forces so at least they are all singing from the same hymn sheet. Far too many victims are being let down and this could help close the gap and give the victims what they way.
This figure doesn’t include those victims that suffer silently behind closed doors, and I believe that we will never know the true number of how many people, men and women suffer domestic abuse at the hands of their perpetrators.
I agree that the Police are making many mistakes in not protecting victims, many perpetrators are well known to the Police yet they are allowed to carry out verbal death threats without the Police intervening and then, it’s too late.
CPS are letting many victims down too, and with all due respect, most of it is common sense; high risk victims certainly are not made to be a priority, they are hugely let down and then people still ask that old chestnut, why don’t you just leave. Now can you see why they can’t?
High risk victims must be given high risk protection, no matter what. It is common sense to me, punish the perpetrator give Justice to the victim.