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Wirral Council to deliver the Drive Project

This week, Wirral Council announced that they will be tackling domestic abuse through the Drive Project.

This welcome news means that Drive is continuing to expand across England and Wales ensuring more areas have bespoke systems in place to manage the risk that high-harm, high-risk perpetrators of domestic abuse pose and to keep child and adult victims safer.

This new site joins Avon and Somerset as one of three that is being supported for the next three years with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Drive Project challenges and supports high-harm, high-risk perpetrators to change whilst working closely with partner agencies – like the police and social services – to manage risk and disrupt abuse. ​

Delivery of Drive shows further commitment from Wirral to tackle domestic abuse as the Council is set to launch its domestic abuse strategy this month.

Yvonne Nolan, Chair of the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said:

“We are really pleased to be part of this partnership to deliver an innovative, perpetrator-focused programme to Wirral. Tackling the causes of domestic abuse, along with supporting people who have experienced domestic abuse, is a key priority for us as a partnership and a council.

In Wirral, we have one key ambition to be a place where as few people as possible are affected by domestic abuse but those who are can get help to end the abuse and go on to live the lives they want. We are determined to work alongside those who have lived with abuse to find ways to break the cycle and change lives for the better.

The Director of Drive, Kyla Kirkpatrick said,

“We’re so pleased to welcome the Wirral as our latest partner and the newest area to deliver the Drive Project. This investment shows victims and survivors that together we are committed to increasing their safety through responding to those who cause the harm – the perpetrators. We look forward to working closely with the Council and other stakeholders across the Wirral over the next three years and thank them for undertaking this important commitment.”

Work is underway for the final National Lottery Community Fund funded site which will be announced in due course.