The Home Office is seeking to award grant funding to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales, to support the introduction of perpetrator-focused domestic abuse programmes in their area. Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that shatters the lives of victims and their families. We are determined to ensure that anyone facing the threat of domestic abuse has the help they need. We are determined to transform our approach to domestic abuse to give victims the confidence to come forward and report their experiences, safe in the knowledge that they will receive the help they need to support them and their children and bring their perpetrator to justice. While we want to stop violence and abuse happening in the first place, where it does happen, perpetrators must be brought to justice. Not only will we continue to ensure that effective criminal justice sanctions are taken against perpetrators, but we will also support sustainable behaviour change and robust disruption to reduce reoffending and stop perpetrators from moving from one victim to the next. From 2018 - 2020 the Government funded the development of a range of innovative approaches to working with perpetrators of domestic abuse through the Police Transformation Fund. We want to build on this work by funding the expansion of approaches that have demonstrated their effectiveness in working with perpetrators and to continue to develop the evidence base by funding programmes or interventions that require further evaluation of their impact. We also want to strengthen the evidence base for 'what works' in addressing perpetrators' behaviour to support effective commissioning of services going forward. The primary aim of this £5 million fund is to increase the number of perpetrator-focussed programmes in local areas and strengthen the evaluation of these interventions. PCCs will be able to bid to roll out or expand programmes that tackle the problem of domestic abuse directly with perpetrators. We are particularly looking to fund programmes that address known issues in relation to DA offending, these include programmes that adopt a whole-system approach which enable perpetrators to fully participate in behaviour change through stabilising their related issues, notably substance misuse and mental health; and those that work with perpetrators during times of known trigger events, for example a partner's pregnancy. Given the rise in child to parent domestic abuse incidents, we are also interested in interventions for adolescent perpetrators. To build a comprehensive evidence base, we need to accommodate a variety of perpetrator and offending behaviours, from early intervention through to intensive targeted programmes for high-harm and high-risk offenders. Therefore, we will be looking to fund a range of interventions.
Peel Building, Marsham Street
Contract value: 5000000
Published: 18 Aug 2020, Receipt by: 15 Sep 2020