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Views needed on plans to strengthen domestic abuse help

People in Swansea are being asked for their views on plans to improve support for women who have been subjected to violence and residents who have suffered domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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A draft document is now available online and people can have their say on the plans.

Cllr Will Evans, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said: "Our draft Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) Strategy applies to everyone in Swansea.

"Service users' voices are crucial in making sure that this happens and in their planning and delivery.

"Those that have experience of VAWDASV are the experts in what services need to deliver to be effective.  Service user engagement is more than consultation; it is about listening to what is being said and using the skills and expertise of service users.

"That is why I would encourage anyone who has been touched by VAWDASV and others to take a few minutes and take part in this important consultation."

The strategy recognises that the issues cannot be tackled by one agency alone and that for it to be effective a partnership approach is needed.

Among the objectives of the strategy is to increase awareness and challenge attitudes of VAWDASV; increase awareness in children and young people of the importance of safe, equal and healthy relationships and that abusive behaviour is always wrong and an increased focus on holding perpetrators to account and provide opportunities to change their behaviour.

Early intervention and prevention is a priority and that relevant professionals are trained to provide effective, timely and appropriate responses to victims.

Victims should have equal access to appropriate resources and high quality, needs led and gender responsive services.

Cllr Evans added: "We will continue working to ensure that the voice of our service users are heard, that the right support is available at the right place and the right time and that there is early intervention to prevent escalation of need."

People have until October 20 to take part. Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/domesticabusestrategy


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