As part of our #16DaysOfAction campaign, we are providing an insight into our people and partners, and the role they play in engaging on domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.
This is Claire
Claire is a Safeguarding Hub Coordinator.
Her job involves attending strategy discussions and meetings to assess risk to a child or vulnerable adult and agree the initial investigation and safeguarding actions.
Claire assesses Clare’s Law applications (also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) to decide if a disclosure is necessary. This is a scheme where you can ask about if we hold information about your partner or ex-partner that could mean you are at risk from them. You can also ask under this scheme if you are worried about someone else. When making a disclosure under this scheme, Claire will always ensure that she is speaking to the correct person, she will make sure that you are on your own and safe to talk. She will only contact you on a safe phone number or email. She will make sure you know how you can use the disclosure. She will make sure you are ok and answer any questions you have.
Claire will make appropriate referrals to partner agencies and also offer advice about what avenues of support are available, for example Independent Domestic Violence Advocates or the Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Specialist Service. She will suggest applications that are available to protect you, like Hollie guard.
Claire researches and shares information with domestic abuse support staff so that they can provide you with appropriate support and updates, for example bail conditions.
This is Hannah
As a Vulnerability Coordinator for Lincolnshire Police, Hannah's job is to identify domestic abusers who cause the most harm.
Hannah chose this role because she is passionate about helping people. She is diligent, determined and always willing to go the extra mile. Hannah does this job because she wanted to make a difference for those enduring abuse.
Hannah will create a subject profile around an individual to discuss with other force departments and consider tools to disrupt perpetrator behaviour.
Hannah makes referrals to partner agencies that could help you (and any children involved) such as mental health support, Children Services and linking in with the Ancillary Orders Unit to ensure all relevant orders have been considered and applied for.
In her role, Hannah identifies repeat incidents where there is escalating risk, and considers additional actions such as referral to Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).
Hannah ensures information around the offenders who cause the most harm, and any action plans, have been communicated to all relevant departments across the force.
This is Jo
We want to tell you about the important work that Jo does. Jo is our Youth Engagement Coordinator with a focus on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Jo’s work involves developing education materials and workshops that will be delivered in schools across the county. Jo works with all ages (5 – 18), in schools and education settings.
Since starting the role in September, Jo has developed a workshop for KS2, year 6’s, on “the Effects and Realities of Pornography”. It is estimated that over 62% of children will have seen pornography by the age of 10, leaving children at risk to develop harmful behaviours and attitudes towards relationships and sex. Unchecked, this can lead to greater risk of relationship abuse in the future. Last year, pornography was the most requested workshop from primary schools for the Youth Engagement Team. It is delivered to children after parents and guardians have been informed through the school and given the option to opt out.
Jo is currently working on developing content for secondary school workshops on nudes, sexting and child sexual abuse imagery, sexual harassment and abuse, and revenge porn. Jo’s main aim is to start conversations with young people to challenge harmful behaviours and attitudes around VAWG topics in a safe and constructive environment.
Schools and education settings can get in touch via [email protected] to request workshops if an incident/s have occurred in their school.
This is Billy
Billy is the Ancillary Order Unit Co-ordinator and leads the Ancillary Order Unit.
An Ancillary Order is an order made by the court which can be used to protect you from potential harm or to prevent an offender from doing certain things. For example, a Domestic Violence Protection Order can be used to place restrictions on the perpetrator, like not being able to contact you or come within a certain distance of your home, giving you space and time, in safety, to consider your options. A breach of an order can lead to a prison sentence.
The Ancillary Order Unit ensures the recording and management of Ancillary Orders across the Force on all relevant local and national police systems.
Billy’s main priority is to safeguard and protect you, and your children if you have them. Depending on the situation, Billy will liaise with the officer who is dealing with your report to explore the possibility for Court Orders which in turn, will offer you protection.
In some instances, the court will grant orders to protect you which get sent to Billy and in other instances, Billy will assist officers in seeking to apply for a Court Order, where relevant, where a criminal charge has not met the threshold to go to court, but safeguarding you is still necessary.
Billy also receives referrals about perpetrators who may require a Court Order despite there being no criminal investigation, but they pose a significant risk to you and potentially the wider public.
Billy oversees a wide range of Court Orders, such as: Non-Molestation Orders, Restraining Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Stalking Protection Orders, Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Orders and Forced Marriage Protection Orders. He works with the relevant Police departments and partner agencies to ensure compliance and robust management of these orders.
Billy took the job of Ancillary Order Unit Co-ordinator for a reason – he is compassionate and diligent, and he wants to help.