8,000 people in Bolton are victims of domestic abuse every year - and now the town is to get its own help service

8,000 people in Bolton are victims of domestic abuse every year - and now the town is to get its own help service

8,000 people in Bolton are victims of domestic abuse every year - and now the town is to get its own help service

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

A NEW service to help victims of domestic abuse is to be set up in Bolton.

It comes as new figures show there are an estimated 8,000 people affected in Bolton every year by violence in their homes — but just 1,500 domestic abuse crimes are reported to police.

Council leaders have commissioned the project to try to stop vulnerable people ending up in hospital, as research shows victims of a violent or abusive relationship usually seek help from their GP in the first instance.

This may be the first and only contact with health care professionals — so the new scheme will see two specialist domestic abuse workers link with Bolton’s 25 GP practices to help doctors and nurses spot the signs early on and make sure victims get the right treatment.

Any requests for help at GP surgeries will be completed confidentially, and will not be reported to the police.

Domestic abuse crimes cost the NHS in Bolton £8.2 million a year.

A council spokesman said they will ask a voluntary or community organisation to deliver the specialist domestic violence support service, which will be funded from the budget of GMP’s police and crime commissioner.

The spokeman added: “Many incidents of domestic violence go unreported to the police, but national research shows that 80 per cent of women in a violent relationship seek help from health services, usually GPs at least once.

“This approach has already been trialled in other parts of the country and has been very successful.”

Dr Stephen Liversedge, clinical director for primary care and health Improvement at NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, welcomed the additional support being put in place by the council.

He added: “Victims of domestic abuse often seek help from their GP practice, where they can find confidential support and advice.

“We know that identifying and responding to domestic abuse early can have a positive impact on health, from both a physical and mental perspective.

“However, this is currently not happening for many people and it is vitally important that they get the help they need.”

  • If you have been the victim or witness to domestic abuse, or have concerns regarding a victim of domestic abuse, contact Greater Manchester Police on 999 in an emergency or GMP’s Bolton Public Protection Investigation Unit on 0161 856 5788.

For specialist help and support individuals can contact Fortalice on 01204 701846 or Victim Support on 01204 399736.

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9:46am Sat 5 Apr 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

This is a great idea to catch things early on.

I hope that it will be available to men who are being abused as well, it tends to be a taboo area.
This is a great idea to catch things early on. I hope that it will be available to men who are being abused as well, it tends to be a taboo area. Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 8

11:56am Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

I Like Many Other People Have Witness Much Abuse, We Need To Tackle This Problem But It Costs,Also People coming To This Country Must Realise That We Treat Woman Equal And Are Not Simply Property, And Now We Have Same Sex Partnerships Were There Can Be Abusive Behavior, The Police Have There Hands Full With This Topic.
I Like Many Other People Have Witness Much Abuse, We Need To Tackle This Problem But It Costs,Also People coming To This Country Must Realise That We Treat Woman Equal And Are Not Simply Property, And Now We Have Same Sex Partnerships Were There Can Be Abusive Behavior, The Police Have There Hands Full With This Topic. Gore Seer
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Sat 5 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

Very irresponsible of the BN to sensationalize this article with the sexist photo of a male attacking a female.Abuse isn't restricted to one particular sex,(ask an ex colleague of mine) who was badly beaten by his wife,you'll have to wait a while though he can't talk yet,his jaws are still wired shut.I know the BN is trying to help eradicate domestic and other kinds of abuse along with other groups but biased reporting is not going to help.
Very irresponsible of the BN to sensationalize this article with the sexist photo of a male attacking a female.Abuse isn't restricted to one particular sex,(ask an ex colleague of mine) who was badly beaten by his wife,you'll have to wait a while though he can't talk yet,his jaws are still wired shut.I know the BN is trying to help eradicate domestic and other kinds of abuse along with other groups but biased reporting is not going to help. boltonnut
  • Score: 4

11:07pm Sat 5 Apr 14

marcowalke says...

i and others like myself have dealt privately with domestic violence within Bolton for over 30 years now, not all will go to police or someone with so called peoples skills/mediators, you would be amazed at how effective my chosen method of altering someones violent disorders are, people tend to be violent if they are allowed to be so, when a woman and believe me for most part it is always a woman, has sourced out someone like myself for help, its normally because she is already at that stage where she thinks her partner is about to kill her. Some men just need re-educating, others... well lets just say like for like seems to wake them up, like i stated if they think no one really cares, or they have that much control over the woman that she is to terrified to talk, (even to her own family), then they will always continue until one day the beatings lead to loss of life, this is a subject i could talk all day about, and yeah it doesn't make things right taking the law into your own hands, but just sometimes by doing that, that terrified woman is saved and is placed under a different type of protection that the beater understands. Am i so bad for wanting my mother my sisters and every other woman protected from dysfunctional control freaks who can not express themselves orally?
There are men who still live in this town who know exactly what i am saying, and for the most part are great guys, until in a relationship... Listen guys, there is no need today to be violent to your partner, its a sad reflection on all us males when you behave that way, get help its out there,
i and others like myself have dealt privately with domestic violence within Bolton for over 30 years now, not all will go to police or someone with so called peoples skills/mediators, you would be amazed at how effective my chosen method of altering someones violent disorders are, people tend to be violent if they are allowed to be so, when a woman and believe me for most part it is always a woman, has sourced out someone like myself for help, its normally because she is already at that stage where she thinks her partner is about to kill her. Some men just need re-educating, others... well lets just say like for like seems to wake them up, like i stated if they think no one really cares, or they have that much control over the woman that she is to terrified to talk, (even to her own family), then they will always continue until one day the beatings lead to loss of life, this is a subject i could talk all day about, and yeah it doesn't make things right taking the law into your own hands, but just sometimes by doing that, that terrified woman is saved and is placed under a different type of protection that the beater understands. Am i so bad for wanting my mother my sisters and every other woman protected from dysfunctional control freaks who can not express themselves orally? There are men who still live in this town who know exactly what i am saying, and for the most part are great guys, until in a relationship... Listen guys, there is no need today to be violent to your partner, its a sad reflection on all us males when you behave that way, get help its out there, marcowalke
  • Score: 0

5:23am Sun 6 Apr 14

longballs r us says...

Gore Seer wrote:
I Like Many Other People Have Witness Much Abuse, We Need To Tackle This Problem But It Costs,Also People coming To This Country Must Realise That We Treat Woman Equal And Are Not Simply Property, And Now We Have Same Sex Partnerships Were There Can Be Abusive Behavior, The Police Have There Hands Full With This Topic.
Why capital letters after every word? Go and learn how to write proper sentences.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Like Many Other People Have Witness Much Abuse, We Need To Tackle This Problem But It Costs,Also People coming To This Country Must Realise That We Treat Woman Equal And Are Not Simply Property, And Now We Have Same Sex Partnerships Were There Can Be Abusive Behavior, The Police Have There Hands Full With This Topic.[/p][/quote]Why capital letters after every word? Go and learn how to write proper sentences. longballs r us
  • Score: 3

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