Ashfield Police has secured a full-time domestic abuse worker after making a successful funding bid.
Insp Nick Butler of Hucknall police applied for funding in the first joint initiative in the district.
“I approached Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) who kindly agreed to partner this ground-breaking approach,” said Insp Butler.
“It was vital that we did more than we are currently doing to support people affected but with the increased demands on the police service and cuts to funding we had to make a different approach.”
The worker is based at Hucknall Police Station and will work alongside officers to help and support survivors of domestic abuse.
“Our worker is highly trained and experienced in supporting domestic abuse survivors and her primary role is to do this.
“By having her work within the police station, it not only frees up officer time but provides an important link between the survivor their family and the police.
“Very often people find it difficult to talk to someone in uniform but now we have our new worker she is able to offer access to a whole host of help and support both practical and emotional.”
The appointment is timely, with Christmas often being a period where a surge in violence is experienced as the added financial pressures lead to arguments and family fights.
Domestic abuse is already more prevalent in Ashfield than in other parts of the county which makes this role a demanding one and vital within the community.
The police and domestic abuse support organisations are acting to encourage more people affected by this type of crime to report incidents so more can be done to offer help and vital support to the survivor.
Whenever a domestic incident is reported to police, the officer first at the scene now has a detailed report to fill out which is then categorised in terms of standard, medium or high risk.
Depending on the category and risk it will trigger a multi-agency response which will deem further action and follow up procedures.
“It’s not just at the time of the incident that help is needed but in the days, weeks and months afterwards,” added Insp Butler. “We owe it to the survivors to provide on-going support and advice and that is why this new domestic abuse worker role was needed.”