Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the Government’s announcement of a new package of support for domestic abuse survivors, including placing a legal duty on councils to deliver accommodation-based support.
“Tackling domestic abuse is an issue which councils take very seriously and they already offer a range of support to protect victims and their families from this horrendous crime. These additional measures will assist councils in this vital work.
“Councils cannot tackle this crime on their own. It requires a range of public services, including the police to work together. It will be important that the final package ensures local authorities are supported in their work going forward, and provide flexibility to ensure services can be tailored to the needs of different areas.
“However our ambition must be to reduce the number of victims, with greater investment in early intervention and prevention schemes that helps stop domestic abuse occurring in the first place.
“Therefore the Government’s announcement that funding will be provided to place these vital services on a long-term, sustainable footing is a positive step. We look forward to working with government and our member councils during the consultation to ensure there is adequate resources and funding in place in the areas which need it.”