Priority: Stop domestic abuse

3692 Domestic abuse offences recorded in 2019

Lead partner: whg

Why is this a priority?


You told us that domestic abuse and violence cannot be excused and that your primary concerns are that this must stop.  We listened to victims who said that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse. It not only affects the victims, but their children and multiple family members. Together, we can make real changes in our communities, so that we challenge perpetrators to stop hurting and preying on their victims.


The biggest concern in Walsall is that reported domestic abuse has continued to increase since 2017/2018, and we know that many go unreported. In 2019, 3692 offences were recorded, an increase of 29% on the previous year and which accounted for 15.3% of total recorded crime. This is a serious problem that we must tackle together. We will support victims and their families for a better, safer and happier life.  



Our aim


To end domestic abuse by stopping perpetrators offending and reoffending; teaching children to understand healthy relationships. We know that we cannot do this alone. Our drive is to improve our responses and share the responsibility with all our services, partners, stakeholders and community. The voices of victims will be at the heart of everything we do. We will focus on meeting the needs of the victims (direct and indirect) and holding the perpetrators to account. We plan to go further and do more to drive the systematic long term changes required through domestic abuse legislation, embracing Claire’s law with the right to ask and the right to know.



Success will be measured by


  1. Reduction in the number of victims suffering from abuse in Walsall

  2. Reduction in perpetrators offending and reoffending

  3. Better understanding of what works and implementing new approaches.


Over the coming year we will


  • Look at long-term solutions to stop domestic abuse by testing the evidence of what works, learning from victims experiences and teaching children to understand healthy relationships

  • Challenge perpetrators to end their violent behaviour so that we can stop domestic abuse happening in the first place

  • Listen to victims to build a more thorough understanding of the levels of neglect, harm and danger they face so that we can shape our support services to meet their needs - working together with the ‘SafeLives’ charity leaders

  • Develop a coordinated multi-agency delivery across all partners and services to reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse and violence against women and girls; including clarity as to when a safeguarding referral needs to be made

  • Embed the ‘Victims Code’ and transform how we respond to domestic abuse, so that victims have the confidence to come forward and report their experiences.


Over the next three years we will


  • Transform how our partners and services contribute to stopping perpetrators offending and reoffending and holding them to account through robust civil and criminal justice intervention systems

  • Apply our key principles for collaboration, governance and scrutiny; making use of what we know and generate new knowledge where required

  • Identify and tackle the root causes of violence and implement partnership systems to stop it before it starts

  • Stop the progression of abuse through early detection, intervention, support and enforcement for both victims and perpetrators

  • Establish a bespoke training programme for all staff and partners to ensure we provide a high quality and consistent response to victims of domestic abuse and violence against women and girls

  • Stop abuse through interventions with the perpetrator and increase safety through support for adult and child victims and survivors.