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Northumbria Police and Dame Vera Baird QC launch next step in tackling domestic abuse

11th December 2018

Northumbria Police and Dame Vera Baird QC have launched a dedicated website to support victims of domestic abuse – as part of an innovative regional project.

The project, called ‘A Whole System Approach’ was first developed in Northumbria, by PCC Vera Baird. Thanks to Home Office funding it is currently being rolled out across six police forces in the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside.

The aim of the initiative is to transform the collective response to domestic abuse given by police and partner agencies – resulting in better, consistent protection for victims and their families and bringing more perpetrators to justice.

The website provides a clear overview of the project and signposts victims to vital support services and information.

Dame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This project is a fantastic effort in collaborative working and shows just what we can do when we join forces to develop a service that will benefit everyone in the long run.

“A lot of time and work have gone into this project so far and there is still more to be done however, the Whole System Approach model will help shape the way we tackle domestic abuse in our region for years to come.”

Detective Superintendent Deborah Alderson, the regional programme director, said: “Our focus is on the needs of survivors and their children, and the creation of safe, effective responses to perpetrators. This project and the partnership work we carry out is incredibly beneficial to people who need support and guidance whilst dealing with the sometimes devastating impact of domestic abuse on themselves and their families.

“Those that have experienced domestic abuse have already been through so much, they deserve to have the best possible support service to help them to cope and recover and that’s what we’re doing our best to deliver in a coordinated way with partners.”

Within this project new materials including leaflets, training packages and a website have been developed alongside operational procedures, to house key information and contacts for those involved with domestic abuse and to train officers and staff.

For more information, please visit the newly launched Whole System Approach website here: