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Families across Swansea to benefit from newly launched Domestic Abuse hub

The first service of its kind in Wales to help tackle domestic abuse has been launched in Swansea

Domestic Abuse Hub Launch

The Domestic Abuse Hub brings together Swansea Council and its partners in health, police and the third sector to help children and families experiencing domestic abuse or escalating relationship problems.

Council staff, service providers, partner agencies, charities and survivors have all contributed to its design in a bid to tackle the more than 4,000 reported incidents in the city each year where children are present or known to reside in the household, and help hundreds of families seeking help.

Cllr Will Evans, Swansea Council Cabinet member for Stronger Communities, said: "We need to robustly tackle this long standing issue as it has an adverse effect on the lives of individuals who experience domestic abuse or who witness it as children. The social and economic cost to our society and to Swansea is huge.

"The hub enables us to work better with our partners to prevent domestic abuse before people come to any harm and to help victims move on with their lives. It prevents duplication, promotes better information sharing and helps with early identification and intervention.  It also brings in support rather than families having to seek help on their own."

The hub provides a whole family approach to ensure children, young people and their families feel safe, and not afraid, now and in the future, by being supported by the right people at the right time, so that they get the help they want and need.

It started as a pilot in 2015, backed by Swansea Council Cabinet, in response to growing recognition and concern about the impact on children of living in a household where domestic violence was a significant feature in their lives.

While the pilot only dealt with incident referrals from police, the new hub, which got Swansea Council Cabinet backing earlier in the year, will have more of a multi-agency focus and will concentrate on simplifying the pathways into support services, including mental health and substance misuse.

It will also improve tracking of need and what works for families to develop future services.

Services will be provided by staff in the hub or by the most appropriate service in poverty and prevention and/or the 3rd sector to meet the needs identified.

It will ensure effective support for families where domestic abuse is a feature of family life. This includes a whole family approach, involving both group and individual work with children, survivors and perpetrators, at home, school and in the community.

By ensuring the right help is available at the right time, it aims to promote positive, healthy relationships and better prevent the negative impact that domestic abuse has for adults and children.

The creation of the new Hub is a result of the Council's Domestic Abuse review - part of a Council review of Family Support services through the Sustainable Swansea programme.


 

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