Wasn’t sure where to post this so hope this is ok!! I attended a Safeguarding course recently for my job. They have now brought Domestic Abuse into the course as a form of abuse that needs to be looked out for (this is due to changes in The Care Act 2015). But the guy who was doing the course was referring to it as Domestic Violence – he had loads of slides that had come from the local authority with helpline numbers on but all under the heading of violence and not abuse. I tried to raise this with him and explained that I thought the terminology had changed and it was now to be referred to as abuse as this indicates a much wider term as someone who is being abused but not physically may not relate to the term ‘domestic violence.’ He wasn’t interested in my point though and just kept saying that he thought the local authority would know what words are meant to be used. Am I right in thinking Domestic Abuse is now the correct wording?
Hope you are all well and safe today xx
Yes you are correct that the new terminology in domestic abuse, to show that it encompasses all elements of abuse not just violence. I think what he may have meant is that the safeguarding and other specialist agencies who work within this area will know what he means by domestic violence and not just recognise it as purely involving relationships with a physical abuse element.