RESIDENTS in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are being invited to share their views and help tackle domestic abuse across the conurbation.

BCP Council, in partnership with the police, fire service, health and care sectors, have produced a draft Domestic Abuse strategy.

The plan outlines the key priorities for the next three years to help victims, survivors and their relatives at the time of crisis.

As part of this, the council are looking for views from residents during a consultation period which will last for the next two weeks.

Councillor May Haines, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety at BCP Council said: “Domestic abuse is an issue that affects many of our residents. Victims, survivors, their children and loved ones deserve help at the time of crisis and to be kept safe.

“We are committed to working collaboratively with partner organisations to reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and sending a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

“I would encourage our residents to share their views on our three-year strategy which will help us take robust action against domestic abuse, change attitudes and behaviours and support victims on pathways to ensure they can lead safe, healthy and happy lives.”

Views are welcomed from residents, particularly from those who are currently experiencing domestic abuse, or have experience of domestic abuse in previous relationships, or know someone that has been affected by domestic violence or abuse.

The council also want to hear from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents with no personal experience of domestic abuse but have something to say about the support available in the area or from people who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse.

It is estimated that if one in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse, meaning this would impact around 53,000 women and 31,000 men residing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Chief Inspector Jim Beashel of Dorset Police added: “Dealing with domestic abuse is a priority for Dorset Police and our partners.

“We encourage people to express their views on the proposed strategy to help us prevent violence and abuse, but also to provide the appropriate support services, deal with perpetrators and secure the best outcomes possible for those experiencing abuse.”

The consultation is now open and will run until Sunday March 7. To take part in the online survey, visit

If you would like to seek support for yourself or someone else experiencing domestic abuse, call BCP Council's dedicated domestic abuse helpline on 01202 710777.