Reading Community Safety Partnership’s Domestic Abuse Strategy 2015-18 outlines Reading’s focus for tackling domestic abuse over the three years. Reading provides a good range of services and support for people who experience domestic abuse, within the challenging financial restraints facing public services. The strategy aims to continue to improve the services available and deliver the best possible coordinated response to the challenge of domestic abuse in Reading.
New contracts for domestic abuse services are due to be agreed and implemented in 2017, however due to the national budget cuts to local authorities, and the subsequent pressure on Reading Borough Council’s budget, it is currently proposed that the budget for the services is reduced by a further £58k in addition to previous reductions that have been agreed, resulting in a total budget of £345k. This would equate to a 22% reduction in spend in comparison to the current 2016/17 budget for Domestic Abuse Services.
Reading Borough Council is seeking views from service users and other stakeholders to understand:
- Local priorities for domestic abuse services and reasons why
- The impact of reducing funding from local refuge provision including part of the specialist Asian provision
- How we can best support people experiencing domestic abuse via services available outside of the refuge provision.
The consultation is open until 10th February 2017