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24 March 2014, 16:03 | Updated: 24 March 2014, 16:19
Somerset County Council want to know what people think about domestic abuse services as they help plan what support will be available in the future.
Somerset County Council are carrying out the survey on behalf of the Safer Somerset Partnership which includes Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, health, local authorities and probation. The partnership is responsible for developing the Somerset Interpersonal Violence Strategy.
They especially those who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse or sexual violence and accessed services, and the information collected will help draw up the Interpersonal Violence Strategy for the next three years. This strategy defines how agencies in Somerset will tackle domestic abuse, sexual violence and other things like forced marriage and trafficking.
Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Community Safety, said:
“When we’re planning for the future it’s important that we seek the views of those who use the services and I hope as many people as possible take the time to complete the survey and tell us what they think. Domestic abuse can affect everyone – whether directly through being in an abusive relationship, or through witnessing a friend or relative experiencing abuse. It can affect people of all ages – children to the elderly.”
You can complete the survey HERE. If you would like a paper copy, or the survey in a different language, please call 01823 357836.