Safer Vale partnership delivering innovative scheme to help domestic abuse victims
03 May 2017
A pioneering scheme delivered by the Safer Vale Partnership that helps victims of domestic abuse remain in their own homes has proved a huge success.
Target Hardening helps make homes more secure through the installation of specialist door locks, intruder alarms and in some cases CCTV.
These measures also act as a deterrent to perpetrators, helping the victim feel more comfortable, hopefully meaning they don’t need to use sheltered accommodation.
The elimination of domestic abuse is one of the priorities for the Safer Vale Partnership, an organisation made up of representatives including the Vale of Glamorgan Council, South Wales Police, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Wales Probation Trust, Glamorgan Voluntary Services and South Wales Fire Service.
There are various preventative and support services in place to help victims of abuse within the Vale.
One of these is Target Hardening, which has been piloted in the County since April 2016.
The scheme is managed by the Community Safety Team within the Vale Council, who work in partnership with the Maintenance Department and Fire and Security, the team that install the equipment.
As part of the scheme, all members of staff have received specialist domestic violence training.
Between last April and January, 69 properties in the Vale received target hardening, and the feedback from recipients has been excellent.
One person reported a perpetrator for coming to her home address in breach of a restraining order. Images were obtained by police, the perpetrator pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 weeks in custody.
An Independent Domestic Violence Advocate said: “The feedback from our clients about CCTV has been so positive. It really makes a difference to how a person feels about remaining in their home. The installation takes place very quickly once the need has been identified.”
Andrew Nash of Vale Council Fire and Security said: “It is great to be part of this service, which helps and supports residents in the Vale, especially when they express how valuable this service is to them. The training that was provided to our team really highlighted the issues that victims face on a daily basis.”
Miles Punter, Director of Environment and Housing and Chair of the Safer Vale Partnership said: “This is another fantastic service delivered in partnership to ensure that victims of domestic abuse feel safer and remain in their homes. This is one of many schemes across the Vale. The Safer Vale Partnership is committed to tackling domestic abuse in all its forms. It will not be tolerated in the Vale of Glamorgan”
For more information on this scheme please contact Safer Vale on 01446 450200.
If you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence or abuse please contact Atal y Fro on 01446 744755 for advice and support.