About the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and
Who are we?
The Worcestershire Forums against Domestic and Sexual Abuse are
independent inter-agency partnerships that bring together a range
of voluntary and statutory organizations and individuals to work on
tackling issues related to domestic abuse and sexual violence
across Worcestershire. The Forums work closely with Worcestershire
County Council and the District Councils of Worcester, Wychavon,
Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove and Redditch.
The Forums aim to reduce domestic abuse and sexual violence by
strengthening inter-agency working, raising public awareness and
changing attitudes. This is achieved through multi-agency meetings,
policy development, lobbying, awareness-raising campaigns and
training. Both forums work closely with Women's Aid, Stonham
and Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre and other
domestic abuse and sexual abuse service providers to ensure that
policy work is practice-based, consistent and up to date, and to
provide resources to support the effective delivery of
The Forums have the ultimate goal of preventing and reducing the
incidence of domestic abuse and sexual violence in all its forms.
The Forums approach in promoting their strategies will be to strive
to benefit all communities, to end abuse and the social attitudes
and tolerance which condone it. Everyone in our society has a part
to play in raising awareness about both Domestic Abuse and Sexual
Violence, its prevention and protection for those affected.
Our message is clear and simple to victims/survivors, "Please don't
suffer in silence".
Aims and Purpose
The overall aim of the Forums is to work in partnership to
create an environment in the public domain, private sphere and
workplace where domestic abuse and sexual violence are not
tolerated and to reduce the impact on victims in Worcestershire.
The principle of equality is central in our approach; this will
include developing and co-ordinating services to meet the needs of
women, children, male victims and those in same sex relationships,
those subjected to forced marriage, female genital mutilation and
those with disabilities. It seeks to hold abusers to account and to
promote interventions which increase awareness prevent abuse and
protect victims and survivors. The Forums are therefore committed
to emphasizing the importance of safeguarding children and young
people who are victims of abuse. Partnership working is
essential to developing effective and safe services for victims, it
is accepted that no agency can address this concern in isolation.
We are committed to working together to make a difference.
Domestic abuse and Sexual Violence are crimes wherever; whenever
and to whomever they occur. All victims have a right to be
protected and every perpetrator must be held accountable.
This page was last reviewed 14 June 2013 at 14:44.
The page is next due for review 11 December 2014.