Have your say to help us prevent and reduce domestic abuse in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Local residents are invited to share their views to help develop plans to tackle domestic abuse in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. BCP Council, in partnership with the police, fire & rescue, health and care sectors have produced a draft Domestic Abuse strategy which outlines our key priorities for the next three years to help victims, survivors, their children and loved ones at the time of crisis and to be kept safe, and are looking for views from residents regarding how we are tackling domestic abuse.

Views are welcomed from residents, particularly if you are:

  • Currently experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Have experience of domestic abuse in previous relationships.
  • The relative or friend of someone who has or is experiencing domestic abuse.
  • A Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole resident with no personal experience of domestic abuse but have something to say about the support available in the area.
  • Someone who works with victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is something that can happen to anyone and is indiscriminate of age, gender, race, profession or social background. It is estimated that if one in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse then this would impact around 53,000 women and 31,000 men residing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Councillor May Haines, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, BCP Council said:

“Domestic abuse is an issue that affects many of our residents. Victims, survivors, their children and loved ones deserve help at the time of crisis and to be kept safe. We are committed to working collaboratively with partner organisations to reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and sending a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

“I would encourage our residents to share their views on our three-year strategy which will help us take robust action against domestic abuse, change attitudes and behaviours and support victims on pathways to ensure they can lead safe, health and happy lives.”

Chief Inspector Jim Beashel of Dorset Police said,

‘Dealing with domestic abuse is a priority for Dorset Police and our partners. We encourage people to express their views on the proposed strategy to help us prevent violence and abuse, but also to provide the appropriate support services, deal with perpetrators and secure the best outcomes possible for those experiencing abuse.’

The consultation is now open and will run until Sunday 7 March, and we welcome your views.

If you would like to seek support for yourself or someone else experiencing domestic abuse please call our dedicated BCP domestic abuse helpline on 01202 710777.

Posted on Monday 15 February 2021