Police and Crime Commissioner to launch new £700,000 scheme to reduce domestic violence
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is
launching a £700,000 scheme to tackle domestic violence and
The two-year Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme (DVPP) will
cover the entire West Midlands building on projects in Sandwell,
Walsall and Coventry.
The scheme will target husbands and boyfriends who commit
domestic violence and abuse. Experts will work closely with them to
reduce their offending and improve families' lives for the
It is a voluntary programme for fathers aged 18 and over who
have been asked to participate in the programme as part of a Child
Protection Plan or Child in Need Plan.
A support service for their female partners and children will
also be provided by the West Midlands Domestic Violence
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
"Supporting victims of domestic abuse is crucial work that will
continue. This project aims to reduce that abuse happening in the
"The Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme will work with
offenders to change their ways and improve the safety of their
"I am funding this new scheme for an initial two years. I hope
it will make a real difference and improve the lives of hundreds of
Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe added: "Whilst the police
service has strived to improve the police response to domestic
abuse and improve outcomes for victims, the impact is limited
without a sustained effort to change the behaviour of perpetrators.
I welcome this initiative which will ensure we can work together to
keep victims and families safe."
The Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is
now looking to appoint an organisation or consortium to deliver the
The aim of the programme is to get offenders to change their
ways, improve safety for women and children and reduce
Maureen Connolly, the lead for domestic abuse on the PCC's
Victims Commission and Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull
Women's Aid, said: "The West Midlands Specialist Domestic Abuse
Consortium has been impressed by the considered approach that the
Police and Crime Commissioner has taken in developing the
forthcoming domestic abuse perpetrator programme. The commitment to
its delivery, as one element of an integrated offender management
model, is to be welcomed and our specialist agencies look forward
to working alongside to offer support and guidance to women and
their children who have been harmed by abuse at the hands of the
perpetrators that will be in the programme."
Kathy Cole-Evans, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum manager,
added: "I'm delighted to have played a part in the development of
the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's regional domestic
violence perpetrator programme. This pilot programme will
begin to address a significant demand for interventions to safely
tackle the root cause of domestic violence and abuse.
"The programme's perpetrator work will use national good
practice and standards to change the behaviours and actions of
domestic violence and abuse perpetrators. Perpetrator
programmes focus on the safety of domestic violence and abuse
victims and their children, and this programme will uphold this
principle through existing local specialist services providing
tailored support to victims, survivors, and children of the
perpetrators taking part in the programme. Partnerships
across the region welcome this investment as one element of our
joint efforts to reduce the wide-ranging harms and incidence of
domestic violence and abuse."
More information on the scheme can be found here.