On 16 July it was announced that Suffolk leaders have granted a six-figure sum to improve domestic abuse support services in the county – including plans for a dedicated contact point.
The Suffolk Public Sector Leaders group agreed funding of £225,000 to be awarded to the Safer and Stronger Communities Group (SSCG) for three key developments in domestic abuse support.
Around £100,000 of that will create a Suffolk Co-ordination Centre, which will be a single point of contact for victims of domestic abuse as well as their family members, friends and others with concerns.
It comes in response to feedback that services for victims were fragmented and did not work together well enough.
Elsewhere, £65,000 will develop a domestic abuse champions network where industry professionals will train organisations in spotting the signs of domestic abuse earlier.
The remaining cash will be used to help support joint schemes in tackling abuse.