In tonight’s meeting of the Executive, a total of £738,000 was approved by Liberal Democrat Councillor, Cllr Carol Runciman, to be invested in providing services for victims of domestic abuse across York and North Yorkshire.
In turn, up to £12,300 per month will be contributed by the City of York Council to commission services that improve the safety of victims and children who witness or experience domestic abuse. This additional investment will also ensure a more coordinated approach is taken between services to make sure victims receive the best possible support.
The total investment of £738,000 will be paid to the Police & Crime Commissioner’s over 5 years. The Police & Crime Commissioners Office will then be responsible for commissioning service contracts, as part of the wider Domestic Abuse Joint Commissioning Group.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:
“Domestic violence and abuse remains a hideous stain on our society and unfortunately, largely a hidden crime.”
“We look at every opportunity possible to tackle this horrendous crime, which affects families so badly, and work to remove it once and for all.”
“Despite Conservative Government cuts to local authorities, which in many cases have reduced the capacity of domestic abuse services, I am pleased to invest up to £12,300 a month in services for victims of domestic abuse in York and North Yorkshire.”
“There is still a lot more work to be done, but with this additional investment, more services can be awarded contracts, through the Domestic Abuse Joint Commissioning Group, to support victims and witnesses of abuse, and ensure they receive the support they need.”