Help people at risk of abuse

MODEL  RELEASED.    Domestic violence.  Silhouette of a woman protecting herself from a blow from her partner by holding her arms in front of her face.
MODEL RELEASED. Domestic violence. Silhouette of a woman protecting herself from a blow from her partner by holding her arms in front of her face.

Derbyshire County Council asking residents of Ripley and Heanor for their views on domestic abuse services to help develop support.

The council already run a number of services across Derbyshire and every year support around 13,000 people affected by domestic abuse.

Abuse can come in many forms including physical, emotional, financial, psychological, sexual and so-called ‘honour based’ violence.

The survey has been organised to check if there are any gaps in the programmes offered, which includes one of the UK’s only male refuges.

The services currently available, which we jointly fund with the Big Lottery Fund, include independent domestic violence advisers and outreach workers to support people at risk of abuse, along with support with alternative, safe accommodation for victims who need to leave home.

The council also offer domestic abuse support services for children aged up to 18, a voluntary programme to help male offenders stop abusive behaviour towards female partners and the Derbyshire domestic abuse phone helpline.

Last year Derbyshire police received more than 12,000 calls regarding domestic abuse − resulting in 1,223 convictions.

You can fill in the survey online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk until the consultation ends on Friday May 1.

Paper copies of the survey are available by emailing community.safety@derbyshire.gov.uk or calling the community safety team on 01629538272.

Residents who are facing any issues can call the free Derbyshire Domestic Abuse 24-hour helpline on 08000198668.