Borough bids to bolster domestic abuse services in Northampton

Domestic violence services are being reviewed in Northampton
Domestic violence services are being reviewed in Northampton

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

The borough council is conducting a year long review of the ways it works with 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 makes 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 themselves 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.