Statement Overview

​ KSS-KISS is an independent interpretation of an accessible a Knowledge and Skills Statement, established in 2019, based on kindness, information, strength and support (BASW, 2012; DoH, 2015).


KSS-KISS website provides a comprehensive source of evidence-based research, information and skills which are relevant and practical for all social workers aiming to deliver statutory health and well-being outcomes to female adults, who are at risk of, have been or are current victims of domestic violence or abuse (DVA).

​KSS-KISS can be used to provide a benchmark for professionals working with female adults and to refer to, as an informative resource for the wider public (although this is not the primary objective and it may be less accessible for those not professionally trained). KSS-KISS can act as a framework of education, supervision and continuing professional and social development support resource for social workers and their employers. To support effective social work practices with female DVA victims and empowering the progression of the wider social work profession, with an additional aim to encourage the development of a raised social consciousness of this rife social problem.

KSS-KISS is designed in line with the global definition of social work, the Professional Capabilities Framework (2012), British Association of Social Workers (2012) and Social Work England (2018), and highlights the key current UK DVA legislation.

KSS-KISS has been developed by a 3rd year BA HONS Social Work student from Hull University, student ID 556061. Drawing upon extensive academic research in conjunction with utilising the knowledge developed throughout social work education and their social sector employment; around DVA against women in the context of UK society. 

The law defines adults with social care needs as being those who possess a physical or mental impairment (CA, 2014). KSS-KISS aims to support social work with all female victims of DVA and interprets the Care Act 2014 law in a liberal manner, highlighting that the intervention and support of individuals should be contextual, personalised and appropriate for all, with or without recognised impairments. Believing that DVA may predispose anyone to the development of an impairment, temporarily or permanently, thus the knowledge and skills within this website can be potentially applicable to all.