Clamp down on domestic violence in Ashfield

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A new role is expected to be created at Ashfield District Council to tackle the problem of domestic violence around the district.

Members of Ashfield District Council’s cabinet have approved plans to appoint a domestic violence officer at the authority after police figures revealed that Ashfield north, which includes Sutton and Kirkby, had the highest levels of reported incidents in the county.

The officer would be responsible for working with caseworkers, staff, victims and partners as well as raising awareness of the issue.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting earlier this month, Coun Andrew Davidson said: “This is a very important issue in Ashfield. There is a lot of good work being done by the police and I feel that the council can contribute to that.”

If given the go-ahead by a full council, the officer would work with other organisations and initiatives in the community such as Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS).

After the meeting, Coun Jim Aspinall said: “It is a serious issue in Ashfield and it needs to be addressed.

“Hopefully by employing our own domestic violence officer and working in co-operation with other agencies, particularly the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Nottinghamshire County Council’s social services we can go some way to reducing it.”