Call to help beat domestic violence in Hartlepool

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher wants people to help beat domestic violence
Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher wants people to help beat domestic violence

Time is running out for residents in Hartlepool to have their say on a new blueprint to tackle domestic violence and abuse.

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership is seeking local people’s views on its draft Hartlepool Domestic Abuse Strategy.

People have until the end of August 2016 to air their views and are also being encouraged to complete a questionnaire.

The draft strategy states: “Domestic abuse has a devastating effect on victims, their children, families and the wider community.

“It is characterised by patterns of coercive, controlling or threatening behaviour, and can involve physical, psychological, financial, emotional and sexual abuse.

“By producing this updated Strategy, the Safer Hartlepool Partnership aims to send out a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated, and that we will work together to do all that we can over the next three years to raise awareness, prevent abuse, protect and support victims, and challenge perpetrators.”

The draft strategy states:

· One in four women will experience domestic abuse during their lifetime.

· Domestic abuse has the highest rate of repeat victimisation of any crime type.

· One in seven children and young people under the age of 16 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood.

· Almost 20% of domestic abuse incidents were linked to alcohol.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Chairman of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership and Leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “Domestic abuse is a top priority for the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.

“Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class, age or disability. It can have a devastating effect on all family members and it is vital that we have the best possible systems and support in place to eradicate it.

“I hope that people will take the opportunity to read the draft strategy and let us have their views by completing the questionnaire.”

To view the draft strategy visit www.saferhartlepool.co.uk To complete the online survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HBC2016-DomesticAbuseStrategy

Paper copies of the draft strategy are available by contacting (01429) 523100.

Anyone requiring support with domestic abuse should contact Harbour’s Specialist Domestic Abuse Support Service on 01429 270110.