Doncaster partnership launches domestic abuse website

A new website has been launched by the Safer Stronger Doncaster partnership, in a five year strategy to tackle domestic abuse.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Doncaster Council and other agencies from the health, housing, education, community and voluntary sectors have joined forces to support the thousands of people affected by domestic abuse in Doncaster every year.

The new portal, www.doncasterdomesticabuse.co.uk, has been funded by Growing Futures – a £3.1m project led by the Trust to reduce domestic abuse and its effects on Doncaster’s children.

Paul Moffat, the Trust’s CEO, said: “At the Trust, our priority is to help children and young people stay safe, well and reach their full potential.”

“To achieve this, we want to ensure anyone experiencing domestic abuse, whether being abused, being the abuser or witnessing abuse, has access to the support they need, to recover or address their behaviour. This means working in partnership with all other agencies in Doncaster who work with families, towards a common goal – a vision for a Doncaster where domestic abuse is recognised as unacceptable, and children and adults life safe lives, free from abuse.”

Karen Johnson, Head of Community Safety at Doncaster Council, said: “This is the central place for all information about domestic abuse in Doncaster, and a culmination of the work of many agencies, organisations and individuals working together to end abusive behaviours that devastate too many lives.”

Domestic abuse – the figures

In the 18 month period from April 2014 to October 2015, 1,080 high risk domestic abuse cases were reviewed by Doncaster’s Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

Throughout this period, 1,311 children and young people were living in Doncaster homes with high risk domestic abuse.

Nearly 13,000 domestic abuse incidents were reported to South Yorkshire Police.

Nationally, one in four women experience domestic abuse during their lifetimes and 6-10% of women and 5% of men suffer domestic abuse in a given year. 

Three women and one man died in Doncaster through domestic homicide between April 2011 and April 2014. 

The new website contains: information about different types of domestic abuse; access to services and support for victims, perpetrators and witnesses; and sections for under 18s. It also contains information for professionals, including training programmes and a new resource toolkit for teachers and all professionals working with children and young people.

Anyone concerned about domestic abuse in Doncaster is encouraged to call the Doncaster Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 4701 505.

Follow the new Doncaster Domestic Abuse Service Twitter feed @NoToDomAbuse for updates, as well as the hashtag #DAisnotOK

The five year Doncaster Domestic Abuse strategy will be published in December 2016.

Other agencies in the partnership include South Yorkshire Police, St Leger Homes, RDASH, Changing Lives, Foundations, Doncaster College.

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