More work needed for domestic violence victims, probe reveals

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A PROBE into domestic violence services in Bucks has warned that more needs to be done to protect victims.

This week a cross-party group of politicians published a report which said many people affected by violence in their own homes do not know who to turn to.

The three-month study, overseen by Bucks County Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee has said authorities need to work better with GPs and housing associations to support victims.

It has also said that schoolchildren should be taught about forming respectful relationships, and school admissions should be speeded up for families who move into refuge accommodation.

It will be discussed by County Hall leaders in May.

Lesley Clarke, chairman of both the Task and Finish Group and the Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee, said, “We think there is a lot more to do. In particular, raising awareness is vital. Domestic violence is a very real problem and in Buckinghamshire it affects thousands of people from different backgrounds every year.”