Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are considering a proposal to merge, creating a new District Council covering the whole of South Warwickshire (the areas currently covered by Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils).
The public consultation on the plans to create a South Warwickshire Council starts this week on Monday 6 September and runs until Sunday 24 October.
The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: www.southwarwickshire.org.uk
Published on 7 September 2021
Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Cabinet has agreed to support the new Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 introduces a range of enhancements to the protections for those experiencing domestic abuse:
In recognition of the considerable additional responsibilities in this area the government have made available the domestic abuse safe accommodation funding allocation. This has been allocated to both Warwickshire County Council (£1,040,132) and districts/boroughs.
Stratford-on-Avon District has been awarded £34,416 for the current year.
The allocation for Stratford District will fund activity to support the development of the Safe Accommodation Strategy* and the demand for additional temporary accommodation resultant from the enhanced responsibilities.
Cllr Jo Barker, Homes, Health and Wellbeing Portfolio says: "Domestic abuse impacts the lives of many of our residents, families and communities. I know, as I speak to a lot of - mostly - women about the dreadful domestic situations they survive or have fled from. So the contents of the new Act are welcome and provides more protection to domestic abuse victims and survivors across Warwickshire.
"For many victims the fear of homelessness keeps them and their families in dangerous situations and often forces them to return to the person causing harm. We know that leaving home and seeking refuge can be literally lifesaving for many who are fleeing. This additional funding will help us to continue to work with partners to help victims and provide support for them and their children in safe accommodation."
If you, or someone you know is in a relationship that doesn't quite feel right, speak to someone about it. You can get help and advice from the Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service provided by Refuge on 0800 408 1552.
In addition, the Talk2Someone website provides a range of local and national organisations that are able to help: https://www.talk2someone.org.uk/support-services/. This includes specialist male domestic violence charities and LGBTQ+ domestic violence charities.
Please always dial 999 in an emergency.
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