Nottinghamshire County Council discusses strategy to tackle domestic violence

A REPORT outlining the challenges facing local authorities on the problem of domestic violence across the county has been discussed at County Hall.

In December, it was reported that there were more than 6,000 reported domestic violence offences across Mansfield and Ashfield alone - which is partly due to the growing confidence in the police amongst victims.

Across the county 80 per cent of domestic violence victims in 2011/12 were women with the age group most at risk being between 20 and 29.

The County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board discussed plans to tackle domestic violence with challenges including:

Education programmes in schools to promote healthy relationships.

Refuge and support services for women funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and NHS Nottinghamshire County and a 24-hour helpline for domestic violence victims.

Specialist case workers who work with high-risk victims, which has proved to reduce domestic violence in two-thirds of cases nationally.

Lisa Haydon, director of service at Mansfield-basedNottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS), said: “It is heartening to see the Board take a strong angle on domestic violence and being transparent about where the challenges are.

“NIDAS have been supporting victims in Mansfield and Ashfield for the last 23 years and hope to continue to do so with new funding from the Lottery and Nottinghamshire County Council among others.

“We know the need is there with more than 9,000 incidents reported in Nottinghamshire alone last year and around 40 per cent of those being in Mansfield and Ashfield. We supported over 1,000 women and children last year.

“We continue to work hard to tackle the issue and are aware we can only do this if we work in partnership with other agencies.”