Decision details

Domestic Abuse Strategic Needs Assessment (ODD/083/2021)

Decision Maker: Executive Director Adults and Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No



The Council has taken the decision to commission an independent research company to assess the needs of victims of domestic abuse which will inform the development and publication of a Domestic Abuse Strategy and future commissioning of services for Barnsley.

Reasons for the decision:


The Domestic Abuse Bill 2020 puts in place a four-part statutory framework for the delivery of support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in safe accommodation and provides clarity over governance and accountability.


Barnsley Council has a duty to assess the need for accommodation-based domestic abuse support for all victims in the area, including those who require cross-border support.


An independent review will ensure victims of domestic abuse are provided with effective services that meet presenting need.

Alternative options considered:


Current timescales set out by the government mean action against the new authority’s responsibilities are critical and we would be unable to meet these deadlines without external, independent reviewing process.

Publication date: 27/04/2021

Date of decision: 22/04/2021