Bid to bolster domestic abuse service in Northampton

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Councillors have launched the first stage of a major report aimed at tackling domestic violence in Northampton.

The borough council is conducting a year-long review of the ways it works with service partners to help victims of abuse within the home.

A report, released next January, will make recommendations as to how police services can be improved and how the council, as a housing provider, can better make sure abusive relationships are flagged by officers and tenants. The report will also be sent to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to advise on national policy.

Councillor Sally Beardsworth (Lib Dem, Kingsthorpe), part of the panel preparing the report, said: “It is my view the council should always be highlighting these problems to Government and to our own administration. We want to help people to not experience these things.”

The report will draw on evidence from victims as well as local charities, such as Nene Valley Christian Refuge and The Sunflower Centre.

It will look at other ‘best practises’, such as the New Zealand model which sees the abuser, not victims, taken out of the home to then receive corrective therapy.

Research will also be undertaken into improving funding to domestic violence support services and to look into the root causes of such abuse.

Faith-based violence and attacks against men will also be considered as part of the review.