Whole system approaches to domestic abuse
02 September 2019
This literature review looks at research, evaluations and guidance to identify recommendations for designing and delivering a whole system approach to domestic abuse. This includes principles for good practice, what works, what the main challenges are and how best to overcome them. In this review, we report and distil the key findings on whole system approaches to responding to domestic abuse. We focus particularly on whole system approaches as they apply to criminal justice agencies, but the findings may also be relevant to other sectors and agencies that are seeking to improve the whole system response. Research in this area is relatively established in the domain of health and social care, but lacking in the domain of criminal justice. We therefore also integrate guidance about multi-agency working from criminal justice sources into the review.