Domestic Abuse Plan Unveiled
Victims of forced marriage and honour based violence in Swansea are a new priority in the city's Domestic Abuse Action Plan.
This theme is joined by a new focus on providing support for male and elderly victims.
The plan was officially launched on Friday, November 21, at the Guildhall, Swansea.
It has been developed by the Swansea Domestic Abuse Forum, which is part of the Safer Swansea Partnership. The forum includes representatives from police, social services, Women's Aid, BME groups, housing and survivors whose input helps ensure the services provided are fit for purpose.
Domestic Abuse Coordinator Shehla Khan said: "We are delighted to be unveiling this plan, which has been produced by a wide range of agencies.
"We have already achieved such a lot in Swansea, so the new action plan is much more stream-lined and focuses on what we hope to achieve in the future."
Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, financial or sexual. It can be controlling a partner or a family member, gaining power through psychological abuse, controlling money or forcing sex.
In the last three months (August to October) there have been 1,064 domestic abuse incidents reported – 526 of which were alcohol related.
Domestic Abuse Coordinator Ali Morris said: "It is positive news that people are finding the strength to report abuse. I believe this is a clear indicator that people have faith in the services and support on offer in Swansea and this new action plan will hopefully give strength and support to many more people who are suffering domestic abuse."
The plan follows on from the Safer Swansea Domestic Abuse Strategy Laying the Foundations, which mapped out ways to tackle domestic abuse through the strands of protection and support, prevention of abuse, perpetrator accountability and accommodation and support.
Key achievements from the previous strategy Laying the Foundations are:
To view the action plan visit www.saferswansea.org.uk
To report domestic abuse call:
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