We are excited to announce that Hertfordshire’s Domestic Abuse Partnership draft strategy consultation is now live!

Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership Domestic Abuse Strategy 2022-2025 (PDF 764KB)

If you need this form in another format, please email strategic.partnership@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Please give us your feedback by 5pm Monday 13 December 2021, in order to allow us to feed it in to our preparations for the final strategy publication.

As part of the newly enacted Domestic Abuse Act (2021), new duties on local authorities came into force relating to the provision of accommodation-based support to domestic abuse victims and their children on 1 October 2021. 

To fulfil the new duties (Part 4 of the 2021 Act), local authorities are now obliged to ensure that victims of domestic abuse have access to the right accommodation-based support when they need it.  In Hertfordshire this duty rests with Hertfordshire County Council (Tier 1), with support of our district and borough councils (Tier 2) where practicable to do so.

Hertfordshire County Council must now assess, or make arrangements for the assessment of, the need for accommodation-based support in our area, prepare and publish a strategy for the provision of such support in our area, and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy - reporting back to central government on progress against these obligations.

The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership remain committed to disrupting the behaviours and patterns of domestic abuse to prevent the occurrence and harm caused within society. The Hertfordshire’s Domestic Abuse Partnership Strategy (2022-2025) represents the partnership’s priorities and approaches to preventing domestic abuse and providing support for those that need it, at the right time for them. 

The strategic priorities have been developed in partnership through a task and finish group with delegated authority from the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership Board.  The strategy foundations are firmly set in the evidence base established from outcomes of the local Pathways Project, needs assessment and what we have heard from stakeholders at a number of events to date.

The draft strategy aims to bring together all organisations involved in tackling domestic abuse in order that we take a whole family, whole system approach to keeping women, children and men safe from domestic abuse and the harm it causes. It includes commitments to:

  1. Act before harm: Develop approaches that stop abuse from happening in the first place (or reoccurring)
  2. Identify and stop harm: Increase and improve the responses that challenge harmful behaviour
  3. Increase safety for those at risk: Supporting and strengthening the work which protects people from abuse, increasing safety and wellbeing quickly and effectively
  4. Support after harm: Improve and expand the support for everyone impacted by abuse, for all forms that impact takes

The views of all partners are now being sought and we are inviting your feedback.

A soft launch of the strategy will be presented at a partnership summit being held on 29 November 2021 and with this consultation will further inform its development, prior to the full and final strategy publication in January 2022.

We would appreciate it if you send the survey out as widely as possible throughout your organisation, teams and networks to ensure we are able to gather views from a wide range of partners at all levels.

If you have any questions, please contact Strategic.Partnership@hertfordshire.gov.uk quoting “Herts DA Strategy Consultation 2022 - query”.