Prime Minister Theresa May said the move, backed by funding, will help end the “postcode lottery” across the country and bolster protection for those seeking help. The duty will be included in the Domestic Abuse Bill, currently being considered by MPs.
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously and they already offer a range of support to protect victims and their families from this horrendous crime. These additional measures will assist councils in this vital work.
“Councils cannot tackle this crime on their own. It requires a range of public services, including the police, to work together. It will be important that the final package ensures local authorities are supported in their work going forward, and provides flexibility so services can be tailored to the needs of different areas.
“However, our ambition must be to reduce the number of victims, with greater investment in early intervention and prevention schemes that help stop domestic abuse occurring in the first place.
“Therefore, the Government’s announcement that funding will be provided to place these vital services on a long-term, sustainable footing is a positive step. We look forward to working with government and our member councils during the consultation to ensure there are adequate resources and funding in place in the areas that need it.”