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Domestic Abuse Strategy

The Home Department launched a public consultation on the draft Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2015 - 2020 which has been developed by the cross-departmental Domestic Abuse Strategy Advisory Group.

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In order to develop the priorities, outcomes and action plan within the 2015 - 2020 strategy, the Home Department held a planning session in February 2014 attended by representatives from the relevant States Departments and voluntary sector organisations. It also carried out a survey of local survivors of domestic abuse to find out more about their needs and experiences in relation to local services and the criminal justice response. Please see the survey results and recommendations at the bottom of this page.

The Domestic Abuse Strategy focuses on the fundamental principle that all people living within our community have a right to be safe from domestic abuse in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Unfortunately, for many, it still remains a hidden crime.  As is the case in the UK, we know that reporting figures do not reflect the full picture as, all too often, violence and abuse remains unreported, under the radar of public view with many victims too afraid or embarrassed to seek help.

The Domestic Abuse Strategy and Action Plan has four strands - Prevention, Protection and Justice, Provision of Support and Partnerships.

The consultation has been launched to ask for opinions on the overarching vision for tackling domestic abuse which is set out in the strategy, plus the six key outcomes and five priority areas of focus. The consultation asks for your views on the proposed new definition of 'domestic abuse'.  It also asks if changes to the law around domestic abuse might be beneficial either to fit with the proposed definition of domestic abuse or to strengthen local law by adopting some of the newer aspects of UK law that have been introduced in the last few years.

After the public consultation closes at the end of January 2015, the Home Department Board will be provided with the feedback so that any changes required to the draft Strategy can be agreed. The Department will then finalise the Strategy and take it back to the States for debate during the first half of 2015 in order to provide an update on the last strategy and propose a way forward in terms of the delivery of local domestic abuse services and criminal justice provision over the next 5 years.

Meeting the Needs of Local Domestic Abuse Survivors - survey results

Domestic abuse survivors answered a series of questions about their experiences for a survey that has helped the Home Department identify where focus is needed.

A total of 197 survivors completed the survey - not all answered every question - with most responses being completed online via Survey Monkey and accessed through the Safer Facebook page.

As a result, more than 20 recommendations have been prioritised within the action plan for the next domestic abuse strategy.

A brief overview of the survey results:

Home Department Minister Peter Gillson said:

 "We would like to express our appreciation to the many survivors of domestic abuse who took the time and energy to participate in the survey.

Their feedback really helped us to understand ways in which local domestic abuse services, legislation and support need to be strengthened and improved.  

"A set of recommendations within the survey report have been prioritised within the domestic abuse strategy action plan for 2015-2020."

Those recommendations include:

 

 

 

Updated: January 2015

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