The aim of this research was to improve understanding of domestic violence and abuse in ethnic minorities in Herefordshire. It began with a review of literature from national and international research on the topic. This was followed by analysis of service activity data from Women’s Aid, West Mercia police and local authority children’s services. The project assessed the strategic context using national and open data sources on Domestic Violence from Police, Government, Public Health and Women’s Aid. The research identified rates and trends as well as gaps in service provision and engagement with minority communities. The key findings and recommendations on changes and improvements to services (and data) were presented at several partnership events and forums. Data Orchard also presented at a ‘Silent Victims’ conference in October 2016 – convened by the Community Safety Partnership to raise awareness on the topic and engage providers from a range of sectors.
“It was a pleasure to work with Data Orchard on this project. The parameters of the project were fully discussed and they took on board all our requirements and kept us fully informed as the work proceeded. When the draft report was submitted, Data Orchard were quick and helpful about taking on comments and suggestions, and incorporating changes. The final report was very well received by our Board of Trustees and by the multi-agency steering group on Domestic Violence and Abuse in Herefordshire. We have used the report in funding applications and it is proving to be extremely useful to highlight gaps in service provision. We are looking forward to working with Data Orchard again.”
Jan Frances, Chief Executive, West Mercia Women’s Aid (Sept. 2015)