Strategy to tackle domestic abuse in Gloucestershire published
To mark the beginning of the ‘16 days of action against violence’, the Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board is launching Gloucestershire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy.
Domestic abuse can impact anyone and can have harmful affects on a person’s health, wellbeing and outcomes in life.
In Gloucestershire 38% of violent offences reported to the police are domestic abuse and 78% of victims are female
To support the campaign, the local partnership board is launching Gloucestershire’s Domestic Abuse Strategy as well as working with other organisations to raise awareness of the campaign and the support available to victims and their families.
The 25 November is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in support; organisations will be highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls and displaying the campaign banner on social media.
The domestic abuse local partnership board, which was set up earlier this year, has developed a new Domestic Abuse Strategy, which outlines how organisations will work together to improve services and support for victims of domestic abuse.
The strategy focuses on five key priorities that will aim to meet the vision for Gloucestershire to be a county where domestic abuse is not tolerated and everybody can live free from domestic abuse and harm.
Priority 1: Prevention and early intervention. By tackling the underlying causes of domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships, the partnership aims to prevent the normalisation of abusive relationship behaviours, along with providing support at the earliest opportunity to prevent further harm.
Priority 2: Multi-agency working and pathway development. Agencies will work together to effectively share information, risk assess and collaborate in their response to victims, perpetrators and their families, with clear pathways into specialist support.
Priority 3: Workforce development. To provide a robust countywide response to domestic abuse, professionals across all organisations will be trained to identify and respond effectively to those vulnerable to domestic abuse both within the community and the workplace.
Priority 4: High quality domestic abuse services for victims and their families. Agencies will work together to ensure these services are easily accessible to all victims and be available at the right time to secure their immediate safety and support their longer term recovery from abuse. This includes support provided in safe accommodation, in line with the new statutory duties outlined by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Priority 5: Breaking the cycle of perpetrator behaviour. To break the cycle of domestic abuse and create lasting change for victims and their children, we need to address perpetrator behaviour, holding individuals to account.
The strategy has been informed by the views of victims of domestic abuse and promises to keep working with victims and their families and the community to continually improve our local response to the crime.
A three-year delivery plan is being developed for the implementation of the strategy. This will provide the detail of how each outcome identified in the strategy will be achieved and how progress towards this will be monitored.
Siobhan Farmer, Chair of the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board, said “Domestic abuse has a damaging impact on the lives of many adults and children in our County. Through this new strategy, we will aim to improve our response to ensure those at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse have the support they need, when they need it. All organisations will work together to prevent the cycle of abuse.’
You can read the full strategy at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/domestic-abuse-strategy/
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, we encourage you to seek support. You can find a full list of the support services at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/domestic-abuse-strategy/local-support-domestic-abuse/