Front line health staff in Reading are set to get more training on how to spot potential victims of ‘coercive control’- a type of domestic violence that is now a criminal offence.
The details are set out in a draft domestic abuse strategy that Reading Borough Council has put out for public consultation.
If approved, the strategy for 2019-22 aims to:
- Ensure a range of professionals, including GPs and Royal Berkshire Hospital staff, get more training to identify and refer potential victims for support
- Ensure young people get school lessons on healthy relationship
- Increase support people for people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds
- Work with perpetrators to educe and prevent abuse.
People have until 29 September 2019 to give their views to the council on the draft strategy.
Other council consultations closing soon cover new priorities for tackling homelessness, which people can have their say on on until 29 September 2019, and policies for tackling transport issues in the town, including the link with air pollution and health, which residents can give feedback on until 20 September 2019.