Decision details

Wirral Plan: A 2020 Vision - Underpinning Strategies: Domestic Abuse

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


George Davies

“Wirral’s repeat rate of high risk domestic abuse is well below the national average, and fortunately, people are also now more likely to report abuse, which indicates increased confidence in services. However, Merseyside Police deal with around 97 reported domestic abuse incidents every day so there is still much work to be done. We know it remains a largely hidden problem and that domestic abuse has a lasting effect on families and particularly on children into later life, which is why working towards zero tolerance is so important and why having a long-term strategy in place to eradicate domestic abuse in Wirral is so vital.”


In the Wirral Plan we set out the following pledge: Our focus will remain on prevention and early intervention and we will continue to facilitate an integrated response and effective court system to deal with cases quickly and effectively.”


Councillor George Davies


Reason for Decision:


The Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse strategy had been developed to deliver the Wirral Plan pledge to protect the vulnerable.


The strategy had been developed with residents, partners and stakeholders to ensure that there has been extensive engagement in its development and its priority areas. 




That the Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Strategy be approved.




Councillor George Davies introduced a report which set out a shared partnership vision to improve outcomes for Wirral residents.  Delivery of the priorities and outcomes described in the Plan were underpinned through the development and implementation of a set of key strategies. 


The report provided Cabinet with the Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse strategy; a key strategic document which articulated ambitions related to the Wirral Plan People Priority:


Wirral is a place where the vulnerable are safe and protected, every child gets a good started in life and older residents are respected and valued”.


Publication date: 07/04/2016

Date of decision: 21/03/2016

Decided at meeting: 21/03/2016 - Cabinet

Effective from: 15/04/2016

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