A new project aimed at challenging domestic abusers in Worcestershire to change their behaviour has been heralded as the “missing link” in tackling the root cause of violence in the home.
The Drive Project co-ordinates a multi-agency response and uses case managers to work with perpetrators of abuse, holding them to account for their actions and attempting to change their mind-sets.
County Euro MP James Carver said: “We expect victims and their children to uproot and change their whole lives while the abusers are left unchallenged, unchanged and able to commit more offences.”
According to the Drive Project, only one per cent of perpetrators get specialist intervention that might prevent future abuses and as a result, one in four reoffend, some have as many as six different victims.
The Worcester-based UKIP MEP described early findings of the project’s first phase as “encouraging”, showing that the risk of re-offending was significantly reduced.
“Addressing what makes someone abusive has been the missing link in the management of domestic violence.
“I welcome the fact that this project is to be rolled out across Worcestershire – which has a worryingly large number of high-risk referrals,” added Mr Carver.
Funding for the project comes from a variety of sources, including £250,000 from West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s police transformation fund.
Â£250,000 for new county project to challenge domestic abusers
DOMESTIC abusers will be encouraged to change their behaviour as part of a new Â£250,000 programme being piloted in the county.