The Vale of Glamorgan Council reports that in the last 12 months it’s carried out what’s called a “target hardening service” on 69 homes in the Vale in which women live in fear of being attacked or abused by men.
The free service provides improved basic home security to keep unwelcome callers out – but now a new pilot service is being included in the scheme for so-called “high risk” women . This adds a CCTV camera and an intruder alarm to their dwellings – funded by the Welsh Government.
So far “100% satisfaction” has been reported by women who have had the equipment installed – an update which has the added bonus of allowing them to remain in their own homes – saving the council the need to find alternative accommodation.
An internal council report says that in 2015/17 South Wales Police received 3,000 domestic abuse calls from women in the Vale of Glamorgan – 10% of which were categorised as “high-risk” and dealt with through the Vale Council’s “Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) system,
However the council report points out that because of limited resources, action has been concentrated on the 10% of “high-risk” cases , – and that’s left “90% of families with little or no support in respect of Domestic and Sexual Violence.”
Now a new pilot service is to be piloted with the aim of providing “support for standard/medium and high risk victims in order to minimise risk and to provide the
right support at the right time.”. The aim will be to nip problems in the bud and prevent threats escalating.
Following the pilot, it’s planned to commission a full service from 2018.