Have your say on domestic abuse services in Herefordshire. Monday 22 November 2021 to Wednesday 19 January 2022

Domestic abuse is one of the most prevalent crimes in England and Wales - it can be physical, emotional, sexual, and/or financial, and can happen to anyone regardless of background, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, or sexuality.

In the period April 2020 to March 2021 there were 1,354 domestic abuse incidents reported in Herefordshire. However, it is widely understood that domestic abuse is under-reported locally and nationally.

Herefordshire Council is enhancing and developing additional local domestic abuse services with funding from the government intended to help the implementation of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. This has placed new duties on local authorities and their partners to provide support and safe accommodation for people experiencing domestic abuse, including children.

We are speaking with our partner organisations to draw up a draft strategy to enhance and develop additional local domestic abuse services. We want to make sure that any services are fit for purpose and meet the needs of those seeking support, including children.

Have your say on domestic abuse services in Herefordshire

We'd like to hear from you if you or someone you know has been affected by domestic abuse.

In particular we'd like to hear your thoughts and comments on:

  • Your experience of the service and support you received
  • Any experience of safe accommodation
  • Suggestions for improvements
  • Any ways the service could be made easier to access

We are particularly keen to hear from people who feel that it would be difficult for them to access services and support.

Please read the draft strategy and then complete the survey to let us know what you think.

Download and read the draft domestic abuse strategy 2021-2024

Complete the domestic abuse draft strategy survey

Consultation deadline

The consultation will run from Friday 19 November 2021 to Wednesday 19 January 2022.

We will collate and analyse the consultation results and use your feedback to help shape the way we enhance the service for the future, and any additional services we may offer.

The results of the survey will be published as a brief on this page in March 2022.

Further information

For any queries about the consultation, or if you would like the information in a different format, please email Georgia.McNamee@herefordshire.gov.uk

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and want to talk to someone, please contact West Mercia Women's Aid Herefordshire helpline on 0800 783 1359

or via their website at www.westmerciawomensaid.org

In an emergency please call 999.

Published: 22nd November 2021