Drive believes domestic abuse is not acceptable or inevitable. Drive works with high-harm, high-risk and serial perpetrators of domestic abuse to prevent their abusive behaviour and protect victims.
High-risk, high-harm perpetrators are those who have been assessed as posing a risk of serious harm or murder to people they are in intimate or family relationships with.
Drive challenges and supports perpetrators to change and works with partner agencies – like the police and social services – to disrupt abuse.
Drive advocates for changes to national systems so that perpetrators posing all levels of risk can no longer get away with abusive behaviour and can access the help they need to stop.
We aim to make adult and child victims and survivors safer.
*This applies whatever the gender of the victim or perpetrator and whatever the nature of their relationship. We recognise that there are male victims and female perpetrators and this use of personal pronouns reflects the data rather than every situation.
Only 2.5% of survivors told us their abusive partner went on a perpetrator programme*. Find out how perpetrator programmes can make a difference to survivors by watching Helen’s Story.
*SafeLives Every Story Matters
A promise of the first ever DA Perpetrator Strategy is now secured in law.
In April 2021, following the campaigning of over 125 expert organisations and individuals, the government set itself a legal requirement to publish a strategic approach to perpetrators within a year.
Attention now moves to what must be inside the strategy and how it will sit alongside comprehensive services for all victims and survivors. Investments are needed for both victim and perpetrator work – it should never be either/or. We need interventions that respond to all risk levels.
“Despite what I’ve been through, I don’t wish [the perpetrator] harm. I would like for them to get help and for something to be put in place to protect other women.”
SafeLives: Every Story Matters
“Without this work, we know that domestic abuse perpetrators will continue to enter new relationships, create more victims, and expose more children to harmful abusive behaviours. It’s about ending abuse for the victims of today – but also the victims of tomorrow.”
Drive Case Manager