Inquiry to consider how levels of domestic abuse in Southampton can be reduced

Scrutiny Inquiry Panel - reducing domestic violence

Southampton City Council will be commencing a public review that will consider what more may be done to reduce incidents of domestic abuse in Southampton, with a focus on preventing people from abusing their intimate partner.

Open to members of the public, the first session of the inquiry is taking place Thursday 31 January 2019 from 6pm at the Civic Centre and will be conducted over four meetings.

At the first meeting, the Panel of Councillors will hear from Sara Kirkpatrick, Research & Services Development Manager at Respect UK, the membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims and young people. Sara has been invited to provide the Panel, with an insight into the importance of prevention services, the risk factors for domestic abuse and examples of good practice that the City can learn from.

Respect UK have developed standards and accreditation for services working with perpetrators and the Respect Accreditation Standard is the benchmark for the provision of quality interventions with men who use violence against their intimate partners.

Dan King, Southampton City Council’s Service Lead for Intelligence and Strategic Analysis, and Karen Marsh, IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) Service Manager at the Council have also been invited to provide an overview of domestic abuse in Southampton.

A Chairperson will be elected at the first meeting on Thursday 31 January, panel members include: Councillor Hannah Coombs, Councillor Steven Galton, Councillor Rob Harwood, Councillor Valerie Laurent, Councillor Catherine McEwing, Councillor Lisa Mitchell and Councillor Warwick Payne.

Other meetings open to the public will take place at the Civic Centre on the following dates:

  • Thursday 21 February 2019 - 6.00pm
  • Thursday 7 March 2019 - 6.00pm
  • Thursday 18 April 2019 - 6.00pm

For further information about this meeting visit: If you want to know more about the inquiry contact Mark Pirnie, Scrutiny Manager on 023 8083 3886.