An explanation of some of the key terms used in this tool
Human Rights. In the UK, we have 16 human rights which are protected, in law, by our Human Rights Act. You can read more here.
Public Services also called Public Authorities are services provided by the government for the public, for example police, the NHS, social work services.
Public Officials are staff members who work for public services. Under our Human Rights Act, public services and the officials who work for them have a legal duty to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. Sometimes non-public services that are “performing public functions” also have a legal duty to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. For example, a housing association that has taken over social housing contracts. Find out more here.
Women who have survived domestic abuse this tool is for woman who have experienced domestic abuse. The tool will also be useful for the family, friends and supporters of women who have experienced domestic abuse.