Noreen Akhtar is taking on the role after 15 years in the Keighley Area Co-ordinator’s Office.  The post will include linking together the various agencies involved in supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence – this includes the police, health services and voluntary organisations. She will work to ensure that local agencies can each work to the same aim – in providing the best possible support to these victims.


Noreen will be managed by Val Balding, the district’s domestic violence manager, who has over 20 years experience working in this field. Adding a co-ordinator to the team will allow Val to focus on implementing Government changes to domestic violence, including conducting Domestic Homicide Reviews

The Council is also in the process of tendering for an organisation to provide the district’s frontline domestic violence services, i.e. the direct emergency support for victims.

This new post shows an increase in this important area of work and shows the Council’s commitment to preventing domestic violence.

Val said: “I very much look forward to working with Noreen. Her experience of partnership working will complement the work of our team which is embarking on new working relationships with statutory and voluntary sector partners to improve the district’s multi-agency response to domestic and sexual violence.”