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Standing together against domestic violence


Latest Publications:

Turning Points: Survivor Consultation, 2013

Exploring survivors’ experiences of the coordinated community response to domestic violence in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham


In Search of Excellence: A Guide, 2011

This guidance is designed to provide support to domestic violence partnerships, to allow them to achieve the most effective response to domestic violence. Based on Standing Together’s years of experience of delivering and developing a coordinated community response, it is intended to provide practitioners with the tools to improve their local approach. It is supported by the Home Office and its contents were developed in conjunction with 10 partnerships from across England and Wales.


The Survivors Cookbook, 2010, £6 - Purchase

This cookbook combines a wide range of easy-to-prepare recipes, from both survivors and those who work to support them and make their lives safe; it includes recipes from Gordon Ramsay and Jo Brand, 'Friends' of Standing Together.


Sexual Violence Mapping, 2010

Details the findings of a  research project commissioned to develop a better understanding of the nature and extent of sexual violence in LBHF. The report was made possible by Private Space funding allocated by the Home Office, via Government Office of London. This study was commissioned by the LBHF Community Safety Unit in response to the growing government agenda on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).


General Publications:

Best Practice Paper Number 1: Good Practice Checklist for Interpreters Working With Domestic Violence Situations2008

Standing Together and its partner agencies  have extensive experience  of developing best practice guidance for many  aspects of operational  domestic violence work, by both single agencies  and multi-agency  groups. This Checklist
is designed for one to one  interviews, and not  specifically for court or to take account of the  codes of guidance  covering police interview settings. However many of  the good practice  ideas are generic.


Completing the Jigsaw: Help-Seeking by Survivors of Domestic Violence: What’s the problem?, 2007
Summary and Recommendations, and Full Report, £5 - Purchase

In 2007 Standing Together were commissioned  by the London Councils to undertake research into the extent of help  seeking by known victims of domestic violence across various statutory  and voluntary agencies. As a result of many months of examination of  databases, interviews with frontline workers and a questionnaire with  survivors, we found that certain crucial issues emerged repeatedly.

Coordinating the Future: The Post-Conference Report, 2008

Standing Together held their national conference for Domestic Violence Coordinators on the 23rd April 2008. Over 300 delegates  attended the event at Imperial College, Kensington. This was the largest gathering of  coordinators
held in the UK and saw discussions around  the key issues facing the domestic violence sector.


Domestic Violence Coordinator Survey, 2008

In order to achieve a clearer picture of the role of the Domestic  Violence Coordinator (DVC), how it was constituted, funded and the  issues confronted by post holders, we conducted a national online survey  with DVCs alongside the
conference in April 2008.



First Steps in Help Seeking — Hammersmith & Fulham Refugee Forum and Standing Together, 2009

A report on what was learnt in the pilot stages of this project in West London. The aim was to find out how domestic violencewas experienced by the Refugee Community Organisations in LBHF and to develop a training module to meet the needs of those organisations.


LGBT Factsheet, 2010

The LBHF Specialist Services Operational Group held a seminar on ‘Domestic Violence & LGBT relationships’ on 14th April 2010, which included presentations from GALOP, Respect and Gay Men’s Supported Housing. This Factsheet provides details of the discussions had that day.


Where To Go For Help, Reguarly Updated

This booklet contains key contact details for local and national agencies delivering services in response to domestic violence. It can be used by survivors of domestic violence as well as staff and volunteers in conjunction with internal policies and procedures.



SDVC Publications:

Domestic Violence Bench Book and Good Practice Guide, 2003, updated in 2006

The Bench Book was written by The Head of Legal Services at West  London Magistrates' Court.  It is the first of its kind and has proved  to be a useful addition to the SDVC' resource base.  It is designed to  assist District Judges and Magistrates dealing with cases of domestic  violence in court, and to facilitate in broad terms the achievement of  the aims of the SDVC agreed by all signatory agencies.



Effective Interventions, 2001

This report draws together the findings from two exercises that  Standing Together organised to develop the response to domestic  violence. The first exercise, What Can Magistrates Do?, is a  report of a workshop held for London Magistrates. The second documents a  'Walkthrough' exercise, exploring criminal/civil links.

Information for Victim/Witnesses Leaflet, in English, 2004

A leaflet for agencies to provide victims or witnesses to help  explain what to expect in the SDVC and where to go for further  information.  This leaflet has been translated in eight other languages:   Albanian, Arabic, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Somali and  Turkish.


Protocol for the Specialist Domestic Violence Court, 2011



SDVC Toolkit, 2006, updated in 2009

The Specialist Domestic Violence Court Toolkit describes in detail each element of the process involved in developing, implementing and maintaining an SDVC, highlighting the importance of coordination.  The Toolkit includes the tools and resources we have developed and used in the SDVC at West London Magistrates’ Court.

The Toolkit is for purchase only, if you are interested in the Toolkit and the consultancy package we offer with it, please contact


Victim/Witness Feedback Form

An essential way to gather feedback from those who have experienced the SDVC as victims or witnesses.

Reports from Annual Reviews of the SDVC:

WLMC SDVC Review Report,  2011

WLMC SDVC Review Report, 2010



Lessons to Share, 2007

Report of the seventh annual review of the court’s operation.



Lessons Learnt, 2006

Report of the fourth annual review of the court’s operation, within its  context
of a coordinated community response in LBHF.  The report outlines the principles
that guide the coordination of  the court, 4 years’ outcomes data, and
operational best practice.



Two Years On, 2004

A report of the three year overview of the SDVC at West London.  The second
annual review, to  identify good practice and areas for improvement. This report
documents  detailed qualitative and quantitative findings and lessons learnt.



 One Year On, 2003

The report from the first annual review of the SDVC, built on the three month 
review. A copy of the protocol  governing the court's operations is included.

Briefing Papers:

Briefing Paper 1: Data and Monitoring Report for the SDVC, 2003-7
This report relates to figures collated from the SDVC held at West London Magistrates Court. The report comes from data taken from court sheets provided by West London Magistrates Court.

SDVC data from 2007 and onwards is contained within the SDVC Data Reports.


Briefing Paper 2: Issues, Challenges and Actions Taken, 2007

Practice issues at court, including decisions made on bail and sentence, reference to the Protocols, and comments made by the judiciary, are observed each week by the Standing Together representative in the court.

Briefing Paper 3: Survivor’s Views, 2005-6
Feedback from victim/witnesses who have experience of the SDVC is important in order to keep survivors’ voices at the heart of our work.

Health Publications:

Charing Cross A&E Flowchart, 2011

A flowchart for what to do when treating a patient who the staff member either suspects or knows for a fact is there as a result of a domestic violence incident.


Health and Domestic Violence: Improving Safety Through Screening, 2004

This is an evaluative review of the Health Screening Project. It outlines the achievements of the project and also the complex issues and challenges faced from July 2003 to March 2004. It includes comments from survivors who accessed ADVANCE through the project, lessons learnt and Standing Together's recommendations for the future of health based domestic violence interventions.



Health and Domestic Violence: What can be done?, 2002

This report contains: the domestic violence protocol which was developed; associated documentation; and training and resource materials used.


Health Professional Domestic Violence Referral Flowchart, 2011

This flowchart was produced to outline the most likely domestic violence referral options for staff members working within LBHF as health professionals. For more in-depth descriptions of possible services look at the Where to go for Help document.


Hammersmith and Fulham GP Surgeries Domestic Violence Protocol, 2011

This protocol has been produced by Standing Together to give GP surgeries advice and guidance on how best to equip their staff to work safely and effectively with survivors of domestic violence.


Parsons Green Walk In Clinic Domestic Violence Protocol, 2008, Updated 2010

The protocol for routine enquiry of patients accessing the Parsons Green Walk In Centre.


Children Publications:

Children and Young People Professionals Domestic Violence Referral Flowchart, 2011

This flowchart was produced to outline the most likely domestic violence referral options for staff members working within LBHF with children or young people. For more in-depth descriptions of possible services look at the Where to go for Help document.

Annual Reports:

Standing Together's Annual Report, 2012-2013

Standing Together's Annual Report, 2011-2012

Standing Together's Annual Report, 2010 -2011



 Six Years On, 2004

Six years of best practice in tackling domestic violence; a summary of where Standing Together came from.




Annual Report, 2002

Standing Together's aims, structure and the role of each partner, and of the Standing Together staff during 2002, are outlined in the annual report. Survivor feedback and future directions are also included.



Survivors Consultations:


Equal Voices, 2007, £5 - Purchase

LGBT survivors were understood to be especially hard to reach, and the difficulty in getting feedback from them is a reflection of their difficulties in accessing criminal justice services. This report brought their voices to the attention of criminal justice and voluntary agencies. Equal Voices includes the findings of a questionnaire, two in-depth interviews and an account of the process used to contact and consult victims. It is therefore useful both to those agencies wishing to set up their own consultations and to those working to improve access for LGBT survivors.



Heard and Not Judged, 2003, £5 - Purchase

Topics covered include the SDVC. Importantly, the report also describes the unique methodology, outlining the process of organising the consultations, the meeting plans and the model used.


Speaking Up, 2005

Report covers the discussions from two consultations, focusing on the police, the courts and the role of the ADVANCE advocacy service.



 Support at Court, 2007, £5 - Purchase

The Standing Together partnership holds the safety of survivors as their over arching aim. The experience of survivors using the SDVC is therefore central to reviewing the success of that Court. Feedback has been sought using a number of methods and the results are relevant for other SDVC’s and for all those working with witnesses in domestic violence cases.



Survivors Speak, 2002, £5 - Purchase

Documenting the first round of consultations this report accompanies Heard and Not Judged, and outlines how the process was developed.  Topics covered include: the courts; the police; solicitors; health services; responding to black and ethnic minority women.


Voices of Experience, 2004

Detailed report of our third year of consultation with survivors. Includes a chapter of survivor's views of using the SDVC. Direct quotes from women throughout.

Training Reports:

Training and Attendance Report 2009-10

Training attendance analysis of which agencies and services have accessed the range of training courses delivered by Standing Together, for 2009 -10.

Training and Attendance Report 2010-11
Training attendance statistics of which agencies and services have accessed the range of training courses delivered by Standing Together, for 2010 -11.

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