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Advice on supporting your clients

Advice on supporting your clients

Information and signposting for anyone working with those that may be experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence or are at risk or experienced female genital mutilation, honour based violence, forced marriage or slavery.

This section, provides professionals with links to statutory guidance and other appropriate information which will help them to understand their responsibilities, share best practice and support those working with individuals experiencing such abuse and violence to provide the best support available.

The information is set out by topic area but if you work in the following sectors you may find the additional sector specific information of interest:

Policies & Guidance

Find relevant guidance and information on the VAWDASV Act.

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This information is particularly relevant to childcare workers, educational administrative and support staff, nursery teachers, primary and secondary school teachers, safeguarding leads in education, school nurses and those who are engaged or employed in a voluntary capacity in education services in Wales.
Professionals in the health system frequently encounter people who have experienced domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
Emergency services workers frequently deal with people experiencing domestic abuse, sexual assault and violence.
Social services staff frequently deal with individuals and families experiencing domestic and family violence.
There are high rates of overlap between domestic violence and substance use. The co-occurrence of domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse has been referred to as the “toxic trio”.
You may not think it’s your job to deal with domestic or sexual abuse, but with people experiencing these issues everyday, you will be coming into contact with victims and survivors on a regular basis.

About Live Fear Free

Live Fear Free is a Welsh Government website, providing information and advice for those suffering with violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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