Taking a fresh approach to domestic violence in County Durham

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PLANS will be discussed to tackle thousands of cases of domestic violence.

More than 10,400 incidents were reported to police in County Durham in 2010/11.

Durham County Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a joint commissioning strategy for domestic abuse Services up to 2014 when it meets at County Hall tomorrow.

The document, put together by the Safe Durham Partnership, describes the needs of domestic abuse victims in terms of prevention, provision and protection.

It considers current services and how well they are performing and identifies gaps in provision and the potential cost of meeting demand.

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “The strategy is an important tool in tackling domestic abuse in our communities.”