The Drive Project launched in April 2016 and is being piloted in three areas across England and Wales (Essex, South Wales and West Sussex) from 2016-2019. It is being developed and run as part of a partnership between Respect, SafeLives, and Social Finance in collaboration with the PCCs, local authorities, and service providers, and delivered by DVIP (division of Richmond Fellowship), Hampton Trust, Safer Merthyr Tydfil, and the Change Project.
The University of Bristol, acting as independent evaluators for the pilot, have now reported on their second year findings from Drive.
The aim of the University’s first year’s feasibility study was to determine whether the intervention could be safely delivered and ensure that sufficient data could be captured to enable evaluation. The Year 2 evaluation is an interim report assessing outcome findings to date and developing a deeper understanding of the model. The Year 3 evaluation, which is currently underway and due at the end of 2019, will focus on a full evaluation, over the three-year pilot period, of outcomes, process, and cost-benefit analysis.
Indicative findings are continuing to be positive, demonstrating that Drive is reducing harm to victims and children by targeting perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Findings to date, based on the random allocation of perpetrators to either the Drive intervention or a control group, indicate that:
The number of Drive service users using each type of DVA behaviour reduced substantially:
> Physical abuse reduced by two-thirds
> Sexual abuse reduced by over three quarters
> Controlling behaviour reduced by over half
> Harassment and stalking reduced by over half
· For the duration of the intervention, Idvas reported the risk to the victim reduced in 75% of cases.
· Idva reporting on the victim/survivor experience of DVA behaviours indicated that victims/survivors in the control group, where Drive was not involved, were almost 3 times more likely to experience physical abuse at case closure than victim/survivors associated with Drive service users.
· Analysis of police data shows a 30% reduction in number of criminal DVA incidents for Drive service users in the 6 months after the intervention compared to 6 months before. By comparison, there was no change for control group perpetrators over the same period.
· Overall the data confirms that core IDVA support is highly effective and also shows that reduction in abuse is then materially improved by the addition of Drive to the overall response.