This pamphlet from the think tank, New Local Government Network, argues that local authorities should be given a greater role in tackling domestic violence. Councils are best placed to bring together cross-cutting agencies in areas of criminal justice, health and social exclusion and to deliver strategies to reduce levels of domestic violence.According to Home Office figures, one incident of domestic violence is reported to police every minute. If time and resource were dedicated to improving responses to domestic violence, local authorities could save millions of pounds and improve the lives of everyone in their constituencies, not just victims. There would also be wider benefits that extend beyond the domestic violence agenda.
Domestic Violence Partnerships should be formed to create the space and opportunity for cross-service working. To achieve this, local authorities must encourage and demand input from all relevant local agencies such as local magistrates, health services, housing associations, police, women’s workers, community groups, education authorities, and religious groups.
The pamphlet is available at http://www.nlgn.org.uk