Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 19TH JANUARY, 2012
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 13TH DECEMBER, 2011
"C1554 TARGET HARDENING TO THE HOMES OF VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE (HCS) (SCRUTINY - HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) -
Authority was sought to undertake a one year target hardening pilot initiative to allow those in danger of suffering from domestic abuse to remain in their own home of all tenures if it was deemed safe and appropriate for them to do so. The British Crime Survey for 2006/07 showed that domestic abuse accounted for 16% of all violent crime in the United Kingdom and was the largest cause of death worldwide in women aged 19 - 44. In 2010/11, 24 women and 24 children had been accommodated in the Barry Refuge, others had to move to refuges outside the Vale while some had been placed in temporary accommodation through the homeless service. Within the Vale, many victims had indicated that if they were able to feel safer they would prefer to remain in their own homes and avoid disruption to their lives by moving out. The Housing Service was consequently proposing to part fund a one year pilot scheme set up by the Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator in the Council with Safe Partnership Ltd. (SPL) to provide and fit target hardening equipment to the homes of victims. SPL was a registered charity which already worked in partnership on similar schemes in over 30 local authorities across the U.K., providing suitably trained and Criminal Bureau checked security fitters to install the required equipment to properties. SPL had offered to the Council up to £5k. matchfunding to commence the work and it was proposed that the Housing Service commit up to a maximum of £15k. additional funding for the one year pilot. That commitment was expected to partially reduce the void and re-let costs for Council properties and reduce accommodation costs incurred when placing a victim in temporary accommodation.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T Housing Services allocate up to a maximum of £15k. to the Council's Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator to enter into an agreement with Safe Partnership Ltd. to provide target hardening services for one year to the homes of people in danger of experiencing domestic abuse.
(2) T H A T the outcome of the pilot be reported back to Cabinet at the end of the period.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection).
Reasons for decisions
(1) To provide additional protection to victims of domestic abuse and their families who wished to remain in their own homes.
(2) To determine the effectiveness of the service in the prevention of homelessness and the saving realised to Housing Services.
(3) For information."
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 13th December, 2011