Improving support for people experiencing domestic abuse

10th December 2018

Residents are being asked to share their views to improve the way domestic abuse services are delivered in our area.

The Council and partners wants to ensure that services for people who experience domestic abuse are appropriate and delivered in the most effective way for individuals.

Views will be sought from people who have been directly affected by domestic abuse, their families and stakeholders and agencies who already work to provide support. Some people may choose not to engage with services but it’s important that they have the chance to take part in the survey too.

Cabinet Member for Safer Neighbourhoods, Councillor Emma Hoddinott, said; “One woman in four experiences domestic violence in her lifetime and many more individuals and their families and friends will have been affected by it. It is important we get support right, so the Council are keen to hear people’s views on current services.”

The review supports the aims of the Domestic Abuse Partnership strategy, led by the Safer Rotherham Partnership, to ensure that future pathways for adults and children affected by domestic abuse are simplified and that information sharing and support provision is more accessible.

Currently, the Council commissions specialist domestic abuse services through the voluntary sector, as well as in-house Council provision, including the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service, and a housing based service that focuses on making sure people live in safe and secure properties.

The survey will be open until Monday 24 December 2018. A report analysis with recommendations will be put forward for consideration to the Council’s Cabinet.

Take part in the survey