A successful project to tackle domestic abuse, which focuses on perpetrators, is set to expand into Northumberland.
Last year, Barnardo’s and Impact Family Services (IFS) began delivering the Northumbria Police-commissioned programme which focuses on educating perpetrators in Sunderland, expanding on the success of programmes in Newcastle and South Tyneside which have been running since 2006.
Now, the programme is being extended to those living in North Tyneside and Northumberland and is expected to make a positive change to the lives of approximately 90 perpetrators and their families each year.
The programme works to educate men on the impact their abusive behaviour has on women, children and their families, as well as the wider society.
Currently available through the police, partner organisation referrals and self-referrals, the project is one of six different schemes that have received combined funding totalling £3million to protect the most vulnerable in the Northumbria force area as part of the Police Innovation Fund.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “I am delighted to launch this enhanced programme which will allow Barnardo’s and IFS to continue the good work that is already underway, thanks to the funding I’ve secured through the Government’s Police Innovation Fund.
“Protecting the vulnerable is an absolute priority for me and this project will make a huge difference to improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
“By specifically targeting perpetrators and through early intervention we can work towards changing behaviour. This will not only prevent any further attacks on the victim, but also remove the emphasis from the victim to engage with police or other agencies if they are reluctant to do so through fear or some other factor.
“This scheme is targeted at male perpetrators who make up 92 per cent of all perpetrators but we do not forget that there is a need for perpetrators from same sex relationships and women perpetrators.”