We know that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will have a serious impact on the lives of women, children and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. This is a difficult and stressful time for everyone. If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic or sexual abuse it will be even harder.
Reducing domestic abuse in Rotherham is one of our key priorities. This page explains why this is an important area of work for us and describes what we will do to make sure that instances of domestic abuse are reduced, and people are kept safe from harm.
Why reducing domestic abuse is a priority
The impact of Domestic Abuse on the victim and children is severe and can be long lasting. There were 3,201 domestic abuse crimes recorded in Rotherham in 2018, which is an increase of 67% on the previous year.
This increase impacts on all services and can only be tackled by a multi-agency response. Whilst the Partnership has a range of measures and services in place, widespread under-reporting means there is scope to review and focus our resources to have a bigger impact.
Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage are areas where we need to improve confidence in reporting so that we can understand the true picture and apply our resources most effectively.
What have we done already to reduce domestic abuse in Rotherham?
We have made lots of progress in reducing domestic abuse including developing a partnership Domestic Abuse Strategy, carrying out and independent peer review, launching a perpetrator programme and our Up2You programme.
The Up2You programme is delivered by Rotherham Rise. It has helped to reduce the waiting list for support for victims of domestic abuse.
Our independent peer review was led by Bradford Council. The review gave us broad assurance regarding our domestic abuse services as well as some challenges and areas we need to focus on.
Our work to date has resulted in:
A reduction of the waiting list from 180 people down to 0.
A 28% increase in domestic abuse crimes being reported, giving us the chance to tackle the issues and bring perpetrators to justice.
An 8% reduction in high risk cases.
Through the Up2You programme, 52 women, 40 children and 30 perpetrators have received support.
What else will we do to reduce domestic abuse in Rotherham?
We will listen and learn from the victims and survivors of domestic abuse and review the effectiveness of our services.
We will increase the support for victims to reduce the number of incidents occurring before a case s reported for the first time.
We will work with offenders to help them change behaviour and to get better prosecution outcomes. This will help to reduce repeat offences.
We will engage with the communities affected by honour-based abuse and forced marriage to improve intelligence gathering in these areas and increase confidence in reporting.
How will we know if we’re getting it right?
Here’s how we will measure the effectiveness of the work we’re doing:
Reduce domestic violence and abuse
Repeat victim rates reported at the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference