Spring Grove and Operation Encompass
Responding to Domestic Abuse
This school understands that the cross-government definition of domestic abuse and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence, or
abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family
members regardless of gender or sexuality.
The abuse can encompass but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, or
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or
dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities
for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance, and
escape, and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation, intimidation, or
other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim if this school does identify
children for whom domestic abuse may be a concern, they will apply the usual referral process
and child protection procedures and pass this information to the designated safeguarding lead
(DSL). The DSL can then refer cases relevant to Kirklees duty and advice team (DAAT). Where DV
Notifications are received from DAAT, this information will be added to a pupil’s chronology and
child protection record to ensure that appropriate support can be provided where necessary.
This school is aware of and follows the Kirklees Joint Agency protocol for domestic violence and