Making inroads into abuse

Partner organisations working in Hartlepool have launched a campaign aimed at stemming domestic violence. Pictured, from left, are: Inspector Mal Suggitt from Cleveland Police, Clare Clark, from the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, John Robinson, who is head of family support for Hartlepool Borough Council, Lesley Gibson, chief executive of Harbour, and  Libby Griffiths, from Housing Hartlepool.

Partner organisations working in Hartlepool have launched a campaign aimed at stemming domestic violence. Pictured, from left, are: Inspector Mal Suggitt from Cleveland Police, Clare Clark, from the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, John Robinson, who is head of family support for Hartlepool Borough Council, Lesley Gibson, chief executive of Harbour, and Libby Griffiths, from Housing Hartlepool.

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A NEW Hartlepool service is making inroads in the campaign to halt domestic abuse.

Two domestic violence specialists from Harbour Support Services are now working within the child and adult services section of Hartlepool Borough Council.

Their job is to help families who have suffered their first ever case of abuse, in the hope that early intervention will sort out any issues before they develop.

The service head of localities and family support, John Robinson, said: “It has been going now for six months and we have already had a number of referrals.

“It has been really helpful and it shows families we are there if they need us.

“It also means that we are being recognised in the neighbourhoods, that there is a service that supports families and gives them options .

“It is particularly helpful for victims and gets them involved in services quickly and efficiently.”

Cases are referred to the specialist by the police who are first on the scene.

Mr Robinson said: “One of the things we want to do is recognise early where there is the potential for domestic violence.

“We can work with the family to ensure the problems are dealt with appropriately.”