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Share your views & help improve support for domestic abuse victims

Have your say on plans to improve support for victims of domestic abuse and their families in Leicestershire.

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We want to hear your views on our proposals to provide more safe accommodation and support for people who need it.

Research has shown that, in line with a national trend, incidents of domestic abuse in the county have increased year-on-year, with more than 28,000 adults believed to have experienced it in the past year alone. 

It is estimated that more than 98,000 county adults will have experienced domestic abuse at some point in their lives.

Feedback on five identified priorities will help shape the council’s new Domestic Abuse Reduction Strategy, ensure the right support is in place for victims and their families and help it invest more than £1.1m of government funding to provide help in the best way.

Domestic abuse is sadly becoming an increasing issue and it’s absolutely vital we get this right, which is why we want to hear your views on our new strategy.

“The government has given us a new duty to strengthen the level of support offered to families and, with this, funding of more than £1.1m has been given to us to make this happen.

“Our strategy goes beyond this but we really want as many people as possible to have their say and help us shape our plans and support services going forward.

“And please, if you are experiencing domestic abuse, don’t suffer in silence. Contact our support helpline, take that first step and seek support.

The council has carried out a needs assessment to identify gaps in services and provide information which has helped it formulate the draft strategy.

You can view the draft strategy and fill in a short questionnaire on the priorities within it here 

If you’d like a hard copy of the questionnaire / strategy please email us or call 0116 305 6056. The consultation closes on December 21. 

- If you have experienced domestic abuse and live in Leicestershire, Leicester or Rutland, you can call the UAVA helpline 0808 8020028 

- County Hall will be lit up in orange from the evening of Thursday, 25 November for 16 days. This is in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence which is an annual international campaign; the global theme for this year is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”.  

- Furthermore, White Ribbon Day, raising awareness of violence against women and girls, is on 25 November and a flag will be flying at County Hall. 

 

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