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Tackling Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in Darlington - 'A Big Conversation' - Report of the Director of Public Health, Darlington Borough Council.


The Director of Public Health, Darlington Borough Council, submitted a report (previously circulated) providing feedback from the ‘Big Conversation’ and shared planning session held on Wednesday 6 June 2018 on Tackling Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in Darlington.


The submitted report stated the planning session had been held in recognition that domestic abuse and sexual violence were areas of common concern to Darlington Borough Council and its partners; the session provided the opportunity for those organisations in attendance to describe current services and programmes that were in place and to share information and intelligence; and that the event was well attended by people from different sectors and organisations.


Particular reference was made to the vision for the Darlington Domestic Violence Abuse and Sexual Violence Action Plan which was for all the agencies to work together to reduce the prevalence of domestic abuse and sexual violence, to provide a co-ordinated community response which included preventative, support and protection services and dealt with perpetrators.  It was reported that the plan, would be structured around four key objectives; the contributions from the event would be collated into that plan; and that the Community Safety Partnership would review the work in progress and share the plan with other key partnership boards


RESOLVED - That the update on local work to further develop a Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence plan, as detailed in the submitted report, be noted.


REASON - Domestic abuse and sexual violence is a significant challenge in its scale, severity and impact across individuals, families, communities and organisations.


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