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21st Sep, 2021

Domestic abuse victims called on to help shape services in Solihull

Sarah Mason 23rd Jul, 2021

DOMESTIC abuse victims in Solihull are being urged to take part in an online survey to develop services across the borough.

New legislation means local authorities have a new legal duties, including to assess the need for local accommodation-based domestic abuse support for all victims or their children, including those from outside the area.

So Solihull Council has commissioned a Domestic Abuse Needs Assessment to understand the needs of people experiencing domestic abuse in Solihull.

The Council is seeking views from all sides of the issue – from the perspectives of those who are and have lived through abuse and people working in the field.

Councillor Alison Rolf, cabinet member for stronger and safer communities, said: ““This is such a vitally important issue and we want to learn from the people who know best.

“We have targeted surveys specifically to capture the views of both those with real lived experience of domestic abuse and the professionals working to protect and support them.

“People who have used the services can tell us what is good, what needs to be improved, and give us their ideas and suggestions.

“By listening to a variety of survivors and professionals we aim to build the most comprehensive possible picture of the current situation – what is already available and where there are gaps or barriers and potential for improvement.”

All responses will be anonymous and the information collected will be used by Solihull Council to improve services.

The deadline for responses is July 30.

The survey for victims and survivors can be found at https://forms.gle/mPdck3od1T4r9B5G8 and domestic violence practitioners can fill out this form https://forms.gle/ksYFrQvDknC2ohhE8

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