London Borough of Barnet

New domestic abuse service launched in Barnet

Published Tuesday 22 May 2012

Barnet Council has launched a new service to tackle domestic abuse in the borough.

One in four women and one in six men in the UK will be the victims of abuse during their lifetime, according to research. On average, two women in England and Wales are killed every week by a current or former male partner.

Domestic Violence is a serious issue in Barnet. One in every five recorded crimes in Barnet is classified as violence against the person. One in every four of these violent crimes is linked to domestic abuse.

There are many ways in which someone can be a victim of domestic violence. For example when someone they live with, whether it be their child, carer, relative, or a current or past partner uses violence or threatening behaviour against them.

Abuse can also be:

  • psychological or emotional: calling names, blackmailing, using children to get at the victim, stalking
  • sexual: forcing them to have intimate relationships against their will
  • financial: controlling their access to money or how they spend it, or not allowing them to get a job.

Barnet Council is working in partnership with Solace, an organisation that provides a cutting-edge independent support service for all victims of domestic violence in Barnet.

Councillor David Longstaff, Cabinet Member for Safety and Resident Engagement, said: “We are committed to reducing domestic violence and improving services for those affected by it. For this reason we have commissioned services to support victims of domestic violence and also to work with perpetrators of domestic violence to change their behaviour.”

Mary Mason, Chief Executive Officer of Solace Women’s Aid, said: "We are really excited at the opportunity to make a crucial difference to the lives of survivors of Domestic Violence in Barnet. We are working hard to provide an integrated service, tackling the issues survivors and their children face and working with perpetrators who are willing to work to change their behaviour.”

Anyone aged over 16 who is a victim of domestic abuse can get in touch with Solace on 020 8733 4113 (local call rate Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or by email.

National Domestic Violence Helpline 24 hrs – 0808 2000 247

Contact Press Officer: Sue Cocker