Director of Public Health Annual Report 2021: Domestic Violence and Abuse

Last updated: 24 August 2021 Download the report (pdf, 857.0 KB)


Adverse Childhood experience (ACE)

ACEs are stressful events occurring during childhood that directly affect a child or affect the environment in which they live (e.g. growing up in a house where there is domestic violence). ACEs can have long-term negative impacts on health and well-being.

Child protection plan

A plan drawn up by the local authority to set out how a child can be kept safe, how things can be made better for the family and what support they will need.

Honour based violence

A crime or incident which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community.

Independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA)

IDVAs support victims to reduce immediate risk and increase self-esteem and resilience. The aim of the service is for victims to effect change and keep themselves safe in the longer term.


People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or have another definition of their gender and sexuality.

Multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC)

A multiagency panel producing a coordinated action plan to increase the safety of victims and manage perpetrators.

Protected characteristics

It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. The Equality Act of 2010 protects citizens against discrimination.


This can be a form of domestic abuse. It is a pattern of persistent and unwanted attention, and is often committed by ex-partners but can be committed by anyone.