Perpetrators of domestic violence have access to a new service that provides skills and support to change their behaviours.
The Inspire to Change Perpetrator Programme began in September but was officially launched at an event with partners last week. It is funded by the four local authorities and the Police and Crime Commissioner and delivered in South Yorkshire by Cranstoun.
The programme is designed to help participants learn new skills and find better ways to manage and control their abusive behaviour. It encourages participants to think and behave more positively to prevent harm to their partner, children and family in the future.
Individuals will be signposted into the services by statutory services for anyone aged over 16 when there have been behaviours within their intimate relationships that are controlling, abusive or violent. This is not restricted to partner violence but also includes inter-family relationships. Throughout the programme they will gain an understanding of how to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and why they use violence or aggression in their relationships.
With the help and support of the trained staff participants will develop their own tailored engagement plan which will include one-to-one sessions and group work as well as support to address wider issues linked to abusive behaviour such as addiction problems, debt and unemployment.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “In tackling domestic abuse we have to look at it from all angles. We must provide the necessary support to victims and ensure that those who seriously offend are arrested and charged for their actions.
“But where offenders recognise they have a problem with their behaviour and want to change, this programme will help.
“I want to provide support to those individuals and help them address their anger and their coercive and controlling behaviour.
“In doing so they will develop the practical skills they need to maintain a change in how they relate to others which will provide an improved life for them, their partners and children.”
Cranstoun provide offer a wide range of specialist services across England to support individuals including substance misuse, domestic abuse and criminal justice provision.
Charlie Mack, Chief Executive, Cranstoun, said: “Cranstoun’s vision is to be a world-class leader in rebuilding lives. Cranstoun has extensive experience of delivering domestic abuse services across the country and is committed to tackling domestic abuse in all its forms. By working with the perpetrators to enable positive change we can protect victims and children from experiencing abuse.”