Time to invest in preventing further abuse says charity, as new figures from the ONS show 35% of all violent crime is domestic abuse

Drive – which is a partnership of three organisations, Respect, SafeLives, and Social Finance – has said today that new figures from the ONS demonstrate the need for every political party to commit to publishing a national strategy on perpetrators of domestic abuse. Drive, which is an intensive intervention that works with high-harm perpetrators to hold them to account, challenge behaviour and prevent further abuse, sees the scale of domestic abuse every day. On the day that the ONS revealed that 35% of all violent crime is related to domestic abuse, Director of Drive, Kyla Kirkpatrick said:

“The sheer volume of domestic abuse-related violent crime is very worrying and we know that this is the tip of the iceberg because sadly most domestic abuse never comes to the attention of the police. It’s time for a new comprehensive approach with the safety of victims at its heart – one that focuses on changing and preventing the behaviour of the hundreds of thousands of perpetrators across England and Wales instead of only responding once the harm is already done. Thus far, I’m afraid the manifestos read like business as usual in this regard.”

She added, “along with over 30 other organisations, we’re telling the political parties that we need a perpetrator strategy that draws on the efforts of a huge range of public and voluntary services, working together. The police can’t do this alone.”

Drive joined 34 other organisations and individuals from across the domestic abuse sector, trusts and foundations, and academics in writing to all the political parties to ask them to commit to publishing a domestic abuse perpetrator strategy. The full list of signatories is below.

  • Respect
  • SafeLives
  • Social Finance
  • Women’s Aid
  • Solace Women’s Aid
  • UK SAYS NO MORE
  • Surviving Economic Abuse
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
  • The Tudor Trust
  • Splitz Support Service
  • RISE Mutual CIC
  • Nia
  • Eve
  • Rights of Women
  • East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services
  • IRISi
  • Trevi House
  • Yorkshire Children’s Centre
  • The Hampton Trust
  • Relate
  • Rochdale Connections Trust
  • Your Sanctuary
  • Voices
  • Talk Listen Change
  • AAFDA
  • David Challen
  • Luke and Ryan Hart
  • Professor Nicole Westmarland and Professor Stephen Burrell of the Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
  • Professor Catherine Donovan, Head of the Sociology Department at Durham University
  • Professor Gene Feder, Domestic Violence and Health Group, Bristol Medical School
  • Professor David Gadd, Professor of Criminology at the University of Manchester
  • Professor Gail Gilchrist, Professor of Addictions Healthcare Research at King’s College London
  • Professor Louise Howard, Professor of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London
  • Professor Amanda Robinson, Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University

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More information about Drive:

Drive is an intensive intervention that works with high-harm perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse – the people who pose the greatest risk of serious harm or murder to people they are in intimate or family relationships with. The intervention incorporates intensive one-on-one work and case management alongside a co-ordinated police-led multi-agency response that disrupts opportunities for abuse to be carried out and reduces risk. The Drive case manager works with the perpetrator to challenge and support changes in attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. This often also requires attention to address additional needs that otherwise stand in the way of the change process, such as mental health, substance misuse and housing issues. All of this work takes place with IDVA support provided for the victim/survivor to ensure joined up working and safety.

Find out more information at: http://driveproject.org.uk/ and follow us on Twitter: @DriveProjectUK