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Safer Cumbria - A partnership approach to tackling domestic and sexual violence/ abuse

Tackling Domestic and Sexual Violence remains a priority for Cumbria County Council and its partners.  The partnership has delivered significant organisational change over the last 6 years which has included; A specialist domestic violence lead/ coordinator post based within the Children's Services directorate, the implementation of three Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) in north, south and west of the county, the introduction of four accredited Specialist Domestic Violence Courts in Barrow, Workington, Kendal and Carlisle (SDVC) and the commissioning of an integrated Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) and support service (Let go, Impact Housing). Domestic Violence Champions networks have been set up across the county to improve organizational responses to domestic violence.

A new partnership structure has been formed in Cumbria called Safer Cumbria, which combines the work of the Domestic Violence Board, the Safer and Stronger Thematic Partnership and the Criminal Justice Board. For information on the work of the partnership, the coordinated community response and emerging strategic priorities please contact -

Louise Kelly
Domestic & Sexual Violence Business Lead
Cumbria County Council, Children's Services Directorate
Tel. 01768 812154 / Mobile 07825 693845  louise.kelly@cumbria.gov.uk