Drive and the Respect Phoneline launch advice service to help public and voluntary services respond to high-harm, high-risk perpetrators of domestic abuse

Drive, a service that specialises in working with high-harm, high-risk perpetrators, in partnership with the Respect Phoneline, is launching a new webchat service to provide advice for professionals working with perpetrators of domestic abuse during COVID-19 and beyond. The advice is available to all professionals, including: probation officers, social workers, mental health and health care […]

Drive calls for more strategic approach to perpetrators as the Domestic Abuse Bill enters committee stage

As MPs prepare to scrutinise the Domestic Abuse Bill in Committee, Drive is pushing for a domestic abuse perpetrator strategy to go alongside the legislation, along with amendments to strengthen the Bill.   Director of Drive, Kyla Kirkpatrick said: “Drive, is one of over 80 organisations and individuals that have come together to call for a perpetrator strategy. The Bill is an important step forward in responding to and addressing perpetrators of domestic abuse. However, a full strategy, combining legislative and non-legislative changes, is needed to ensure a robust response to all perpetrators that protects all victims […]

“Perpetrators should be removed from the family home so victims can stay safe,” say charities, Police and Crime Commissioners

Drive, alongside 35 signatories that span from Police and Crime Commissioners, leading domestic abuse frontline services and charities, academics, and local government, have come together to write to Minister Robert Jenrick asking the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to support risk-managed accommodation for perpetrators of domestic abuse. This approach aims to remove […]

The Drive Partnership (Respect, SafeLives, and Social Finance) receives a three-year grant from The National Lottery Community Fund

This funding will enable local services to make victims and survivors safer by working together to challenge perpetrators of domestic abuse to change and managing the risk they pose. Since being awarded this grant in January, the immediate circumstances have changed substantially due to COVID-19. Our urgent focus, alongside our colleagues across domestic abuse services […]

Drive calls for urgent funding for domestic abuse organisations working to manage the risks that perpetrators pose

As part of the Home Affairs Select Committee Enquiry on Home Office preparedness for covid-19, Drive has submitted a response highlighting the urgent need for government funding to ensure that services across the country responding to domestic abuse are able to keep up with increasing demand. While promises of extra funding from the government, particularly […]

Drive statement on COVID-19 and domestic abuse

As we all adjust to life under the coronavirus pandemic and everyone is asked to stay inside to combat the spread of the virus, we know that not everyone feels safe at home. We are thinking of those child and adult victims of domestic abuse and know that frontline services that deliver domestic abuse support […]

Today, Drive welcomes the £10million in the Chancellor’s Budget for responding to high-harm and serial perpetrators of domestic abuse

The Drive partnership develops and delivers an intensive intervention that works with high-harm perpetrators of domestic abuse. Today, we welcome the renewed focus on domestic abuse in the Chancellor’s Budget, which includes £10million for responding to high-harm and serial perpetrators of domestic abuse by extending programmes like Drive. Director of Drive Kyla Kirkpatrick said:  “This […]

Drive welcomes the return of the Domestic Abuse Bill, but urges focus on perpetrators

As the Domestic Abuse Bill returns to Parliament today, Drive is urging government to adopt a clearer strategy to respond to perpetrators of domestic abuse.  Drive, a perpetrator intervention that challenges and holds high-harm perpetrators to account, welcomes the renewed focus on domestic abuse as the Domestic Abuse Bill is brought back to Parliament today. […]

Blog: Recent reports from independent inspectorates underline urgent need for a domestic abuse perpetrator strategy

Two recent reports from independent inspectorates have underlined the need for a domestic abuse perpetrator strategy. The first – a joint report for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – found that police and the CPS were not always taking opportunities to gather evidence and prosecute domestic abuse crimes […]