We're committed to tackling and preventing domestic abuse in our communities, and ensuring that victims and survivors have appropriate and quality support.
In line with the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and ahead of our recommissioning of domestic abuse services, we asked for your understanding and experiences of domestic abuse and domestic abuse services available in Barnsley by asking you to complete a survey.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part. The information is so valuable to help us to provide the right support needed for the future.
Why we need this information
In April 2021, the government passed the Domestic Abuse Act. The Act requires local authorities to:
- Provide accommodation based support to victims of domestic abuse.
- Give victims of domestic abuse priority need for homelessness assistance, and grant secure lifetime tenancies when granting new secure tenancies to social tenants who had or has a secure lifetime or assured tenancy
- Appoint a multi-agency Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board
- Assess the need for accommodation-based domestic abuse support in their area for all victims and their children, including those who come from outside the area
- Develop, publish and give effect to a domestic abuse strategy
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy
- Report back to central government
In order to assess the local need for domestic abuse support in Barnsley, we worked in partnership with independent researchers, Imogen Blood Associates (IBA) to carry out our local needs assessment.
Your responses have helped us understand what further support is needed, and will contribute to the development of our domestic abuse strategy.
Imogen Blood Associates
Chloë Hands | Business Support Officer.
Mollie Raine | Domestic Abuse Policy Officer.