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Forces awarded £11.3m for programmes to prevent domestic abuse crimes

 

The Home Office has awarded £11.3 million to 25 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales, to go towards domestic abuse intervention programmes.

The programmes focus on interventions encouraging behaviour change to help stop perpetrators from committing domestic abuse, with the ultimate aim of preventing further crimes from being committed.

Funding will also focus on key areas such as stalking prevention and supporting adolescent perpetrators.

Change

The programmes use different methods to encourage behaviour change, including one to one and group therapy and community-based activity. Key objectives of the programmes include reduction in the frequency and gravity of abuse, reduction in the risk posed by the perpetrator and improved safety and protection for victims.

Interventions

Specific interventions and projects across the country which the funding will go towards include:

  • providing targeted support to address substance misuse, mental health and unemployment;

  • therapy and Compulsive and Obsessive Behaviour programmes to address behaviours linked to stalking;

  • behavioural change courses for children and adolescents who are abusive, violent or using self-destructive behaviour, often as a result of having been exposed to domestic abuse within their home environment;

  • perpetrator support work in schools including healthy relationships education, delivered by professionals as part of the relationship and sex education requirement of schools.