Domestic abuse and sexual violence consultation

A consultation has been launched across Cambridgeshire to help further reduce the level of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the county.

Over recent years a partnership in the county has been highly successful in reducing the harms, risks and cost associated with domestic abuse and sexual violence by working together to take a co-ordinated approach to providing support and services.

The revised strategy is now out for consultation with the partners involved in the Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse Partnership – which includes the County Council, Cambridgeshire Police, Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board and Community Safety Partnerships – and the public are also being invited to have their say.

County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Tony Orgee, said: “This new strategy represents our commitment as a county. The aims are aligned with national and local priorities and build in the successes achieved so far across Cambridgeshire.

“There is no room for complacency. The issues surrounding domestic abuse and sexual violence have an impact on all sectors of society and implications for many agencies including adult services, children and young people’s services, criminal justice, health, substance misuse and housing – and we need to ensure we are working together to help those who suffer domestic abuse and sexual violence in every way we can within the resources available to us.”

The consultation period runs until April 24 and details of the strategy and how to comment can be found at:

•Each year nationally, one million women suffer domestic abuse, and 300,000 women are sexually abused. 1 in 4 women are predicted to experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Each day in Cambridgeshire, more than 20 incidents of domestic abuse are reported to the police.

According to the British Crime Survey, last year in Cambridgeshire 7% of women and 5% of men were victims of domestic abuse, and 3% of women and 1% of men were victims of some form of sexual violence.

It is estimated that only 25% of people who suffer domestic abuse at the hands of their partner will report it to the police, while only 10% of serious sexual assaults are reported to police.