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Have say on services for people at risk of violence and abuse

People are being encouraged to have their say on the provision of services for people at risk of violence and abuse in Wolverhampton.

Contracts for existing services will come to an end on 30 June, 2017, and so the City of Wolverhampton Council has carried out a strategic review of the support services currently available for people at risk of violence and abuse.

It has subsequently developed a number of proposals for the future provision and is holding a 12 week consultation during which people can have their say.

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We are determined to do all we can to support services for women, men and families at risk of violence and abuse, and have carried out a wide ranging review of the current provision.

"The proposals seek to ensure that we are able to provide a wide ranging service offer which includes accommodation based provision, floating support and advocacy, services to address the perpetration of violence and abuse, making properties safe and secure, and the provision of counselling and therapeutic support for victims and their children.

"They will ensure that we will meet European benchmarks for service provision, including having specialist refuges and spaces for families."

The consultation began today (Thursday 11 August, 2016) and will end on Thursday 3 November, 2016.

People can take part by completing a short survey available at Regarding Services for People at Risk of Violence and Abuse or by taking part in one of three consultation events taking place at the Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, on Monday 19 September, at 10am, 1.30pm and 6pm.

Focus groups for female service users will be hosted by The Haven Wolverhampton and for male service users by St George's Hub, while people can also have their say by calling the council's Participation Team on 01902 555494 or by e-mailing participation.team@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

People whose first language is not English can call Customer Services on 01902 551155 to access a translation service in order to take part in the consultation.

  • released: Thursday 11 August, 2016