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Update on Local Authority delivery of support to domestic abuse victims

What the council is required to do following the passing of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

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What is the council required to do following the passing of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021?

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 places a duty on East Riding of Yorkshire Council to deliver support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in safe accommodation. It requires the council to publish a strategy outlining the Authority’s plans to deliver support to victims and their children in safe accommodation.

What have we done to support the requirements of the Act?

The East Riding Domestic Abuse Strategy 2020 – 2023 was published in June 2020 following an in depth partnership Strategic Review of Domestic Abuse across all services and agencies responding to domestic abuse in the East Riding. The East Riding Strategic Domestic Abuse Board, consisting of the Local Authority, Humberside Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, East Riding of Yorkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, and the National Probation Service; approved the Strategy and its plans, shared goals, and strategic objectives for preventing and responding to domestic abuse in the East Riding. 

The Strategy originally went out for consultation between November 2019 and February 2020 which informed the development of the final Strategy.

A second consultation took place between November and December 2021 to support the amendments made to reflect the new duties as a result of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

This includes an additional chapter focusing on how the Local Authority will deliver support to victims and their children in safe accommodation.

The final Strategy was approved via the Strategic Domestic Abuse Board on 15 December 2021, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council regarding the safe accommodation update which is the statutory duty for the Local Authority within the Strategy.

The Strategy will be refreshed annually to ensure it reflects evolving and new and emerging trends in domestic abuse, and how partnership responses are adapting to this.

Where can I find the Strategy?

Please see the full strategy via the link below:

East Riding Domestic Abuse Strategy 2020 – 2023

Any questions, queries, or feedback regarding the Strategy or our Partnership responses, please contact Shelley Goodinson, Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Partnerships Manager, via shelley.goodinson@eastriding.gov.uk.

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