12 July 2017
575 more domestic abuse champions are to be recruited to schools and GP practices in Norfolk, after the Home Office awarded the county council £308,000.
The three-year programme aims to reduce and ultimately prevent domestic violence in the county, building on the success of the current network of 700 champions.
Louise Smith, Director of Public Health at Norfolk County Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Home Office has backed our bid to help to tackle violence against women and girls and recognised that Norfolk’s approach to domestic abuse is leading the way across the country. Domestic abuse is a huge hidden problem and we all need to work together to tackle it.”
In Norfolk, more than 80% per cent of people who have reported experiencing domestic abuse are women, over half of whom are girls, which amounts to over 13,000 cases per year.
The county already has 700 champions against domestic abuse across services including social care, children’s centres and hospitals.
The funding will enable a further 8,500 people to be reached through the recruitment and training of new champions across 450 schools and 125 GP practices in Norfolk.
The Norfolk domestic abuse champions network will:
- Build on the success of a two year pilot, funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Norfolk County Council, which established the network of domestic abuse champions
- Enable Norfolk to transform education and health responses to domestic abuse, extending the network of domestic abuse champions across health and school settings.
- Enable domestic abuse champions to:
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse
- Realise the impact it has on the individual, family and wider society
- React by taking action to reduce harm, increase safety and listen to the voice of the victim
For more information on domestic abuse in Norfolk, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/safety/domestic-abuse, or click here if you are interested in becoming a domestic abuse champion.
Anyone concerned about domestic abuse should contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247, or visit their website.