Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, the local top tier authorities and local Domestic Abuse service providers, has secured £244,492 Home Office funding to work with the perpetrators of domestic abuse.
The Commissioner said: “Domestic Abuse causes high harm and is too often happening in our area. It is rightly a priority for me in support of our communities to work alongside key partners and agencies to seek to support those who are victims and prevent future incidents through education, including of potential perpetrators and those who are at risk of re-offending. That is why this additional grant of £244,492 from the Home Office is so valuable and an opportunity to extend the support available in our area.”
The Home Office released an opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioners to apply for funding to increase the number of perpetrator-focussed programmes in local areas. This additional grant was successfully won, only through partnership with the full amount applied for of £244,492 for the 2020/21 financial year being awarded.
The Home Office funding will be split across three pilot programmes:
The Commissioner added: “This funding complements the additional support announced earlier this year for organisations that support the victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
“In order to stop the cycle of abuse it is equally important that help is available to address the behaviours of those causing harm as it is to support the victims. Anyone who thinks they are using unsafe behaviours in their relationships should seek help.”
Cllr Lee Hunt, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Portsmouth City Council, said:”In addition to supporting victims of domestic abuse, particularly as the serious impact of COVID-19 continues, supporting individuals who use abusive or unhealthy behaviours in their relationships is a vital part of our work to prevent the cycle of domestic abuse.
“This funding will allow us to work closely with those causing harm by recognising and addressing domestically abusive behaviours and supporting positive change through our domestic services team.”
Chief Superintendent Dave Powell, Hampshire Constabulary’s lead for Domestic Abuse, said: “Tackling domestic abuse and our response to victims remains a priority for Hampshire Constabulary. It has a devastating effect on people’s lives and causes misery regardless of where it happens, and sadly involves and seriously affects children. Part of our work in protecting those most vulnerable, is working with support services to reduce re-offending through effective perpetrator intervention.
“We are really pleased to be awarded this additional funding. Working closely with local agencies and universities we will use the funding to trial and rigorously evaluate new initiatives to reduce the harm caused by perpetrators and reduce the devastating impact they can have on their children and their families.”
Chantal Hughes, Hampton Trust Chief Executive, said : Hampton Trust is delighted that this Home Office award will provide opportunities to pilot a targeted approach to high harm perpetrators in Southampton and Eastleigh. In partnership with Aurora New Dawn, it will allow us to identify those perpetrators posing some of the highest risks to multiple victims and to explore fast track opportunities for engaging them into services or deploying disruption options with Hampshire Constabulary.”