A BIG crackdown on domestic violence is on the way.
Police and Kirklees Council chiefs are launching an investigation into the number of people seeking support from agencies dealing with domestic violence.
A wide range of organisations will be asked to complete a snapshot survey next month.
The information will be used to plan for anti-domestic violence services and to increase awareness.
Clr Khizar Iqbal, who chairs the Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Partnership, said: “Domestic violence affects people in all communities, regardless of their culture or social standing.
“We would urge all agencies that are contacted to contribute to this survey. It will help build a picture of the true extent of the problem and mean that services are tailored even more to victims’s needs.”
The partnership’s domestic violence team has compiled the snapshot survey. It will be sent to a range of public and private sector and voluntary organisations.
These include family doctors, nurses, health visitors, midwives, dentists, accident and emergency departments, Kirklees departments, solicitors, the police and probation service, Citizens Advice Bureau, The Law Centre and housing agencies.
Groups will be required to report demand for their services, and how many live cases they dealt with on one day: August 1.
The data will also be analysed according to gender breakdown and how many victims have children.
Thelma Singleton, Kirklees’ domestic violence strategic coordinator, said: “Domestic violence is under-reported. The cases that the police and agencies such as ourselves deal with are the tip of the iceberg.’’
Domestic violence includes physical and sexual violence, such as hitting, pushing, punching and slapping, and destroying property, for example, sentimental articles, furniture and windows.
Victims can be male or female.