Central Bedfordshire Council is running a domestic abuse survey Image: LoloStock AdobeStock_55703389

Central Bedfordshire Council has launched a public consultation on its new Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2022 – 2025.

The proposed Strategy outlines how the Council will work with partners to prevent domestic abuse and provide support for victims in Central Bedfordshire.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 has a focus on Local Authorities providing Safe Accommodation.

This is to ensure that all victims are supported to remain safe in their own home if they wish to and it is safe to do so, or to help them access alternative accommodation and support.

Helping victims access Safe Accommodation also aims to achieve a sustainable long-term reduction in the frequency of abuse, and ensure future generations aren’t impacted by abuse.

Cllr Sue Clark, executive member for families, education and children, said:

“Our vision is for Central Bedfordshire to be a great place to live and work, in which individuals can live free of fear, violence and abuse.

“Our strategy sets out how we hope to tackle domestic abuse over the next three years along with our partners, and we have developed five key priorities that will help us do that.

“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and can take many forms. That’s why we are asking as many people as possible to complete the survey and have their say on our proposed five strategic priorities and outcomes, as well as how we will provide safe accommodation to those who need it.”

The consultation document and the consultation questionnaire are available online.

The consultation is open until 28 November.