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New approach to domestic abuse: Drive Project launched

Leading social sector organisations, Respect, SafeLives and Social Finance are working together with Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities in Sussex, Essex and South Wales and the Lloyds Bank Foundation to launch the Drive project.

The project will develop and evaluate a new approach to hold perpetrators of domestic abuse to account in order to keep victims and children safe.

To reduce the number of domestic abuse victims, perpetrators must be challenged to change their behaviour, say specialist charities and three leading Police and Crime Commissioners

  •  Two women die a week as a result of domestic homicide
  • 100,000 people a year are at high risk of being murdered or seriously harmed every year
  • Fewer than 1% of perpetrators receive a specialist intervention to change

The response to domestic abuse in the UK has always focused on expecting the victim to leave and start a new life in a new community, causing major disruption and taking them away from their support network of family and friends. Often the perpetrator is left to continue their life as normal and frequently repeats the same behaviour with new partners, creating more victims.

Starting in April 2016, the pilot will test an innovative approach to challenge the behaviour of perpetrators, and co-ordinate the response they receive across all agencies. For the first time in England and Wales, Drive case managers in these three areas will work with some of the most dangerous perpetrators, on a one-to-one basis, to reduce their abusive behaviour.


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