Stockton Council has a new strategy to help reduce the harm of domestic violence and abuse.
The Stockton-on-Tees Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2014-2017 was agreed by the Council’s Cabinet last week.
It sets out how the Council will work with its partners such as Police and health as well as voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to promote ways to prevent people being abused and provide support and protection for those who may need it.
The document was shaped through consultation with people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse, their families and perpetrators. Social care staff working with families affected by domestic abuse were also asked for their views.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “Everyone has a right to live without fear and we want our Borough to be free of violence and abuse so tackling it is a priority for us. This new strategy is based on research we have gathered from people who have been directly affected by violence or abuse. Through their input we have been able to address the needs of people who need our help and support.
“However, prevention is much better than cure and that’s why we have also identified a need for more early intervention work which will help us reduce the number of victims in our Borough.”
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Steve Nelson, added: “All forms of domestic abuse are completely unacceptable and no one should have to experience it. That’s why we are continuing to work with our partners to tackle it and help ensure fewer people living across our Borough live in fear of violence.”
A copy of the Domestic Abuse Strategy 2014-2017 can be found at www.stockton.gov.uk/domesticviolence