Domestic abuse consultation findings

Providing support to people who have experienced domestic abuse is very important to Derbyshire County Council and other partner agencies.

For many years we have provided funding to local specialist services so that they can support victims of domestic abuse and their families. We review and re-commission services that the council funds approximately every three years, to make sure that it continues to provide the best support available to people that need it.

Before re-commissioning domestic abuse services, the council wanted to know what people thought of existing services - if they felt there were any gaps and how they could be improved.

Consultation included members of the public (who may or may not have used the services), partner organisations who need the services to be in place so they can do their jobs (for example police, fire service, social services) and the provider organisations who currently run the services on behalf of the council.

A variety of methods were used including online and paper questionnaires (including an easy read version) and different questionnaires for the public, partner agencies and domestic abuse service providers. Focus groups with service users were also held, (both people in refuge and those using outreach services) and with domestic abuse service providers and partner organisations who are involved in domestic abuse. Specialist groups including North Derbyshire Deaf Forum, Derbyshire Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum were also consulted.

For the responses to the consultation please see the overview report and the health impact report attached to this page.

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