• An increase in the safety of domestic violence survivors
• An increase in the safety of children who live with domestic violence
• Holding abusers accountable for their actions
• Effective prevention strategies
• A system where the onus of holding abusers accountable lies with service providers, and the wider community, rather than the survivor.
A coordinated community response ensures that the criminal justice system serves the needs of all victims providing effective sanction against abusers and acting as a deterrent to future abusers. However, the criminal justice system is just one aspect a fully functioning coordinated approach particularly when only a small number of victims report to the police and only a percentage of these cases will carry through into court. Health, children’s services, schools, faith groups, the wider community of family, friends and work colleagues, as well as the plethora of voluntary agencies which support individuals and families all have an important role to play in the response to domestic violence.
Also note that on 5th May 2006 the responsibilities of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) transferred to the Department for Communities and Local Government.