We are inviting the public to comment on draft plans in the Salford Domestic Abuse Commissioning Strategy 2021-2026. This strategy explains what we will be doing about Domestic Abuse across Salford in the next 5 years. 

We want to hear your opinions on these plans - this could be from your experience or from anyone you know. Let us know what you think by reading through and answering the questions below.

You can comment on any element that you like - you do not have to complete each one. Please note this survey is anonymous with some optional questions at the end about your gender, ethnicity and age. These help us to understand more about the people in Salford and how best we can support them.

If you would prefer to discuss your thoughts in person, you can also join a discussion about this. Please contact madha.ayub@salford.gov.uk if you are interested in this, if you would like to see the full strategy, or for any other queries.

This survey will close after 14th July 2021.

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* 1. Preventing domestic abuse from happening in the first place is really important.

We will:
  • Make sure that there is education on domestic abuse awareness and healthy relationships available for schools/education settings.
  • Work with schools to challenge gender inequality, sexual stereotyping, and changing social norms around domestic abuse.
  • Challenge negative social attitudes and increase awareness of domestic abuse. To do this, we will work with community groups and organisations across Salford.
When it is happening - we want to make sure we find out about domestic abuse quickly.
  • Organisations will work together to identify families where domestic abuse may happen so they can start helping early.
  • We will work to quickly identify situations of abuse with adults – including those with learning disabilities and abuse of the elderly.
  • We will also work together to reduce the impact of domestic abuse on children (by training staff, wellbeing activities for children, and making sure children know where to go for help).
Do you agree with this approach to preventing and finding out about domestic abuse?

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* 2. When people reach out to services – we want to make sure they can get the best help possible.

We will:
  • Set up high quality services that are based on research to make sure they work.
  • Involve victims/survivors in the design of services and listen to their voices.
  • Train staff about self-harm and suicide, and about trauma.
  • Make sure everyone understands all the services that are available and how to use them.
  • Create a map of services to see what gaps there are.
  • Make sure services work for teenagers (not just adults or children).
Do you agree with this approach to improving services?

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* 3. We want to make sure the different organisations in Salford work together to help people – police, schools, the Council, the NHS, community groups and everyone else.

We will:
  • Keep people at the centre of the services we provide.
  • Work together when helping people with lots of different, complex needs.
  • Support victims/survivors from minority groups.
  • Reduce difficulty in reporting domestic abuse.
  • Make sure to share learning and information across organisations, so you don’t have to keep telling us your story again and again.
Do you agree with the way we plan to work together?

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* 4. We want people who have experienced domestic abuse and those who cause harm to get the justice and support they need.

We will:
  • Help people through the criminal justice journey – from arrest to prosecution and after that.
  • Understand the behaviour of those who harm, change their behaviours and bring them to justice or stop them from harming.
  • Listen to the voice of victims/survivors and help everyone understand how to use the legal system.
Do you agree with this approach to helping people and families through the justice system?

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* 5. Is there anything missing that you think we should be working towards over the next 5 years?

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* 6. OPTIONAL: What is your gender?

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* 7. OPTIONAL: What age range do you fall into?

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* 8. OPTIONAL: What is your ethnicity?

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* 9. OPTIONAL: If you would like us to contact you with information or if you would like to be further involved in this work, please add your email address.

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