Winchester council steps up support for domestic violence victims

  • Councillors in Winchester have decided to step up the support for people who have been affected by domestic violence.

    Cllr Ernie Jeffs, portfolio holder for communities and transport, approved recommendations to improve how the council responds to the issue, reports the Daily Echo. /images/briefing/home.jpg

    These recommendation include investigating the idea of further increasing the number of stage two supported housing units by ten through looking into locations and funding opportunities.

    They also want an arrangement between the city council and wish for refuge to be arranged, a review of corporate policy for staff, improvement in education and awareness for staff, a webpage that has detailed help lines whilst also wishing to encourage the police in Hampshire to commission the expansion of the Independent Domestic Violence Advocates service at a local level.

    The council also wants to support the Winchester Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum by ensuring a room is available for meetings up to three times a year. Homeless shelter Trinity Winchester has offered a room for the group for free.

    The decision notice said: "Domestic violence is a key priority within the Winchester Community Safety Partnership Delivery Plan. Actions related to this key priority are also linked to the community strategy and portfolio holder plans for communities and transport and housing services."

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