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Domestic Abuse Survey
6th Jan 2021

Research is being undertaken in Somerset in preparation for the Domestic Abuse Bill which will come into force in April.

Organisations which support people in Somerset who are affected by domestic abuse are invited to take part in reasearch that is being undertaken in preparation for the Domestic Abuse Bill.

The Government have stated the new Domestic Abuse Bill will come into force on 1st April 2021. Although the statutory guidance that accompanies it is yet to be published in its final version. The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have written to upper tier local authorities stating that “early preparation work will ensure local authorities are more ready to implement the duty, and will help promote effective delivery upon commencement”. Some additional funding has been provided by MHCLG to support this. In Somerset, as the upper tier (tier one) local authority, Somerset County Council  is leading on planning for the new duty. As the Domestic Abuse Bill also requires upper tier local authorities to establish a “Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board” for their operating area, the council has commissioned some preparatory work. This includes:

1. Mapping of existing accommodation and services (commissioned and non-commissioned)

2. Work to understand more about our local partnership response to tackling domestic abuse, to help establish where additional training maybe required and if specific work is needed to improve the co-ordinated community response.

You can take part in the survey here. The survey closes on 15th January.

At the conclusion of this project, a report will be produced for the Somerset Domestic Abuse Board in the spring 2021. This will be used to help inform the needs assessment and subsequent strategy. These are also going to become statutory requirements under the Domestic Abuse Act. By assisting with this project, you can help ensure that Somerset can continue developing its co-ordinated community response to tackling domestic abuse, and improve outcomes for victims/survivors, those who cause harm and all of their dependents.