Following figures that revealed there were 3,980 incidents reported of domestic abuse in the borough, plans have been drawn up to tackle the issue.
Research by Bury Council’s domestic violence and abuse steering group has found that there was an average of ten incidents a day in the past year from April 2015, reports the Bury Times.
Town hall chiefs have now teamed up with police and housing officials to publish a hard-hitting strategy that will help victims and get tough on offenders, and aimed at drastically reducing the number of incidents by 2018.
The report said: “Moreworkneeds to be done to engage the families of victims affected by domestic violence and abuse. The aim is to increase resilience and reduce the longer-term damage domestic abuse can have on children. This includes the need to engage with perpetrators to challenge and change behaviours.”
A project called Operation Strive, is already underway to achieve these goals. Police and social services staff speak to first-time victims of domestic abuse and ensure they get access to a wide range of services.
Bury Council leader, Cllr Mike Connolly said: “Building on work that has already been undertaken in Bury, this strategy sets out a robust framework for real change. We believe it captures the elements necessary to successfully challenge abuse and help our residents lead safe, happy and healthy lives.”
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