Coun­cil in move to tackle home abuse

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ANEW multi-agency pro­to­col has been es­tab­lished to help to re­duce do­mes­tic abuse and its ef­fects on res­i­dents in Sefton.

The pro­to­col has been de­vel­oped by Sefton Coun­cil’s do­mes­tic abuse team on be­half of the Sefton Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Part­ner­ship (SSCP) as part of the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s on­go­ing do­mes­tic and sex­ual abuse strat­egy.

De­signed as a prac­ti­cal guide for any pro­fes­sion­als to use when work­ing with an in­di­vid­ual or fam­ily where do­mes­tic abuse may be present or sus­pected, the pro­to­col is now avail­able on­line.

Sefton Coun­cil’s cab-inet mem­ber for com-mu­ni­ties and hous­ing, Cllr Tr­ish Hardy, said: “In Sefton, we have a shared multi-agency ap­proach in place to sup­port vic­tims, re­spond to per­pe­tra­tors and raise aware­ness among our com­mu­ni­ties and part­ners about the signs and con­se­quences of do­mes­tic and sex­ual abuse.

“Vic­tims are of­ten afraid to raise this form of abuse, but we want our com­mu­ni­ties to know sup­port mech­a­nisms are in place.

“The new do­mes­tic abuse pro­to­col is a vi­tal tool to help or­gan­i­sa­tions, groups and prac­ti­tion­ers when sup­port­ing vic­tims or the fam­i­lies of those who have been af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and abuse.

“By work­ing with our part­ners, we will con­tinue to work to pre­vent abuse be­fore it hap­pens, and, when it does, work to pre­vent it from hap­pen­ing again by mak­ing sure vic­tims and their fam­i­lies are given rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, care and sup­port all un­der­pinned by a multi-agency ap­proach.”

To view the full de­tails of Sefton Coun­cil’s new Do­mes­tic Abuse Pro­to­col, please visit www.sefton. gov.uk/be­hind­closed­doors

Cllr Tr­ish Hardy said the pro­to­col was a vi­tal tool to help sup­port do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims and their fam­i­lies

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