An initiative which sees police officers responding to domestic abuse reports alongside a trained NHS domestic abuse specialist has now supported over 1,000 victims.
Operation Provide was launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – when the advice was to isolate and stay at home – with the aim of providing additional support to victims. It continues to run across Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe and sees independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs) from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on hand to support victims and their children with immediate safety and long-term plans.
Domestic abuse is a largely hidden crime, occurring primarily at home. For a wide variety of reasons, victims are sometimes hesitant about speaking to the police and progressing criminal proceedings. Working in partnership with specialists from health, they are able to reach out to these victims, providing a substantial enhancement in the level of support available to vulnerable people in our communities.
BCH is committed to supporting victims of domestic abuse and treat all reported incidents seriously. Anyone reporting this type of Anti-Social Behaviour can expect to receive acknowledgement from a member of the team within 1 working day.
You can contact our dedicated Anti-Social Behaviour Team:
T: 01253 477900 (select option 3)
Please remember, you are not alone, help is available.
The 'No Excuse for Abuse' website is packed full of information and resources you may find useful and can be viewed here: No Excuse for Abuse | Domestic Abuse Lancashire
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is available 24 hours on:
T: 0808 2000 247
The Men’s Advice Line:
T: 0808 801 0327
Government website: www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse