12:39PM, Friday 21 January 2022
MAIDENHEAD 132084-6Maidenhead Town hall
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has launched a consultation to help finalise the council’s strategy for providing safe accommodation and associated support for victims of domestic abuse.
The council is consulting on its draft Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy 2021-24, which sets out how safe accommodation and support for domestic abuse victims and their children will be provided over the period.
This follows initial engagement in order to assess local needs, involving feedback from victims and relevant partner organisations including The Dash Charity, the Domestic Abuse Forum, Thames Valley Police, and health and social care services.
The draft outlines six priorities as the focus of delivery, with an overarching priority to ensure that victims of domestic abuse and their children have access to safe, good quality accommodation that meets their needs.
These priorities are access to safe accommodation, support to remain safely at home, perpetrator management, coordinated support, victim representation, and improved data collection across services.
Feedback will then be considered, and a finalised strategy presented to Cabinet for adoption on February 24.
The strategy and subsequent action plan will remain in place for three years, after which a review of its effectiveness will be held where the strategy may be amended or refreshed for the following years.
Councillor Stuart Carroll, cabinet member for adult social care, children’s services, health and mental health, said: “As a council, we already work closely with partners to provide safe accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and their children, with each family offered tailored support to meet their needs.
“The Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy is a new legal requirement for councils and, once adopted, will complement our wider Domestic Abuse Strategy and our excellent joint working and initiatives already in place to support victims.
“It will provide a way to better prioritise work and investment to enable us to ensure all victims and their children can access good quality, affordable and safe accommodation, along with appropriate support, to start to rebuild their lives.
“People’s valuable responses will help to test the draft strategy, ensure its priorities are in line with what people think is most needed locally, and help guide provision of options for safe accommodation and tailored support packages.”
The two-week consultation runs until midnight on Friday, 4 February, and people can take part at https://rbwmtogether.rbwm.gov.uk/domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-strategy-consultation
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