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Home Office announces new domestic abuse intervention projects worth up to £39 million

The Home Office has given details of how up to £39 million is to be invested to target stalkers and domestic abusers as funding is allocated to 50 projects across England and Wales to be rolled out over the next 2 years.

The Home Office note that many domestic abusers are repeat offenders with 83% of male offenders repeating their offences within a 6-month period, such that intervening to stop their pattern of behaviour is paramount to protect victims.

Projects include:

  • In the West Midlands, ensuring that domestic abusers and people who display stalking behaviours are closely monitored and given early psychological intervention to change their behaviour before it gets worse;

  • Gloucestershire Constabulary is training more frontline officers to spot signs of domestic abuse and intervene with perpetrators;

  • Several forces, including Lancashire, Avon and Somerset and the Metropolitan Police Service are rolling out the Drive Project, which focuses on the most serious offenders to prevent them from abusing again, working with partner agencies such as social services to challenge perpetrators to change their abusive behaviour. This works by putting barriers in place to prevent abuse and ensuring perpetrators experience the full consequences if they continue to be violent and abusive.

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