Cabinet approve funding for more support for victims of domestic abuse
At today’s meeting (21 July), Cabinet approved the investment of £1,105,661 of grant funding into services to support those affected by domestic abuse.
The funding was granted to Gloucestershire County Council CC by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to help the council meet new statutory duties arising from the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 to provide accommodation based support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation.
The Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board (LPB) which was formed in May this year, recommended a number of options where the funding could make the most difference to supporting victims. These include additional support in Places of Safety and Stroud Beresford Refuge, support in new Dispersed Refuge units and flexible funding, mobile advocacy and floating support. This investment will enhance the current support offer already available in Gloucestershire which includes: core services for victims of domestic abuse; services to address perpetrator behaviour; services for young people (13-19) and support for victims of stalking.
In addition to convening a Local Partnership Board, the council must also assess the need for accommodation-based domestic abuse support in the county for all victims and their children, including those who are seeking refuge from outside Gloucestershire; and to develop and publish a strategy for the provision of this support. These are already underway and GCC has been asking residents, particularly those who have experienced domestic abuse, for their views on support available in the county and how this can be improved. The results from the survey will inform the development of the strategy.
Cllr Kathy Williams, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care delivery said “Domestic abuse causes harm to not only the victims, but their families too. This extra funding is going to help more victims get the support they need, when they need it.
“Domestic abuse will not be tolerated and it is so important that anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse is able to seek support.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing or is affected by domestic abuse, please contact Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service on 01452 726 570 or go to www.gdass.org.uk for advice and support.
You can read the full report on the County Council website.
The Local Partnership board was set up in May 2021 after the Domestic Abuse Act came in to affect in April 2021. The convening of a Local Partnership Board is one of the new statutory duties GCC has been given as part of the Act. The board is made up of a wide range of partners including Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), Gloucestershire Constabulary, District Councils, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); GHNHSFT, GHCT, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Probation Service. Commissioned providers of domestic abuse services also contribute to the partnership through the Operational Group. Survivors of DA and other stakeholders play a key role in the Partnership through the Consultation Group.