A new team of police officers, social workers, housing, probation and drug and alcohol workers has been launched in Wigan to tackle domestic abuse.
Based at Bamfurlong Police Station in Bryn, ISAPP – the Integrated Safeguarding and Public Protection team brings the police public protection unit; children’s social care; Wigan and Leigh Housing and Neighbourhood Anti-Social Behaviour Unit; probation; drug and alcohol services and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates service together under one roof. There are also plans for experts on children’s health and midwifery to be located on site.
Wigan Borough is the first place in the country to adopt this joint approach, which will help to improve response times and increase support, while enabling the team to focus on prevention.
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd officially launched the new team.
He said: “We all have a responsibility to stand together against domestic abuse and this new unit is a positive step forward. It will see police, children’s services, probation, drug and alcohol workers and other agencies located in one place, sharing information and working together to help and protect victims of domestic violence in Wigan. This is exactly the partnership working I want to build across Greater Manchester to make sure we are doing the very best for victims and give them the confidence to speak out and ask for help.”
The Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith said: “Developing this joint service has been an aspiration of ours for some time. I firmly believe that a ‘one team’ approach will make us a much more effective team, with resources concentrated in one location enabling us to provide a better service for the residents of Wigan Borough. Our focus is to prevent domestic abuse from occurring in the first place.”
In Wigan, Greater Manchester Police dealt with 6,592 cases of domestic abuse in the 12 months to September – an increase of 70 compared with the previous year. While an increase in incidents suggests that more people are coming forward to report domestic abuse, there are still many cases that go unreported.
If you, or someone you know, has suffered domestic violence, help is available. Visit www.endthefear.co.uk for more information or call Greater Manchester’s domestic violence helpline on 0161 636 7525.
If there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, dial 999.
Back row (L-R) Steve Sheridan – Borough Commander, Roz Hamilton – Chief Executive Greater Manchester Probation trust, Councillor Keith Cunliffe – cabinet member for health and social care, Leader of Wigan Council Lord Peter Smith, Shaun Donnellan – Chief Superintendant Wigan, Sarah Owen – Business Manager
Front row (L-R) Councillor Susan Loudon, Professor Kate Ardern – Director Public Health, Donna Hall – Chief Executive of Wigan Council, Tony Lloyd – Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Vanessa Jardine – Chief Superintendent Greater Manchester Public Protection Division, Claire Davies – Probation Wigan