Have your say on review of Domestic Abuse System in Cumbria

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Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumberland Council have joined forces to initiate a comprehensive review of the Domestic Abuse System in Cumbria.

In collaboration with SafeLives, a renowned Domestic Abuse Charity, the councils are hosting a series of online surveys, aiming to gain valuable insights into the effectiveness of existing support mechanisms and services for individuals affected by domestic abuse across the region.

The surveys will close on Thursday 29 February. Cumbrian residents are being encouraged to complete the survey now to ensure their voices are heard in the assessment of the domestic abuse system in Cumbria.

The surveys are designed to capture diverse perspectives on the domestic abuse system. They are open to various groups within the community, including professionals, survivors, children and young people, as well as those who have perpetrated harm.

Both councils are encouraging people in Cumbria share their experiences and offer constructive feedback that will inform the review process. Residents are urged to seize this opportunity to contribute to meaningful change within their communities.

The surveys are as follows:

Council representatives express their gratitude to all participants for their willingness to engage in this essential endeavour. By working together, the community can effect positive change and enhance support services for individuals impacted by domestic abuse.

Councillor Judith Derbyshire, Westmorland and Furness Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness, said:

“This system review is an opportunity for those who have experienced Domestic Abuse, right through to those who offer help and support, to share their experiences and have their voices heard.

“We are committed to helping keep all our residents safe, healthy and independent, and want to improve services so they are effective and work well for everyone. By taking part in these surveys, your feedback will help to enhance support and be key to shaping future services in Cumbria.”

Councillor Emma Williamson, Cumberland Council Executive Member for Children's, Family Wellbeing and Housing, said:

"This review marks a significant step forward in our commitment to addressing domestic abuse in Cumbria. By actively engaging with community members, professionals, survivors, and those who have perpetrated harm, we can develop more effective strategies and support systems to safeguard vulnerable individuals. We urge everyone to take part in the surveys and help shape the future of domestic abuse services in our region."