Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 22nd September 9.30am

Meeting with Superintendent Warren Shadbolt on the New Domestic Violence Strategy

This meeting had been arranged as I had some concerns about the new Domestic Violence Strategy and Superintendent Shadbolt had offered to give me an update on the changes. I was worried that the new proposals meant that there would be less safe refuge places for women and children wishing to escape domestic violence situations and I was reassured to learn that the changes would not affect the number of places available for victims.

 

It was explained that there would be greater emphasis on prosecuting the perpetrators of domestic violence to underline the message that it was an unacceptable and criminal offence. This direction was welcomed by the groups which support victims of domestic violence.

 

The strategy also aims to help prevent domestic violence occurring in the first place by adopting a holistic approach to the causes, looking especially at the influence of alcohol and drug on abusers.

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October 15, 2008 - Posted by | Meeting

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