In July 2022, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) was awarded £157,423.33.
Funding was to continue the delivery of the Perpetrator Programme into a second year. This followed an initial investment of £200,124.66 in July 2021.
Link to the year-one funding DRF, and summary of core provision: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/DRF-2021-7335.pdf
The programme works with perpetrators of domestic abuse, along with the victims from their families – which have included their partners and parents.
Using a ‘Team around the Couple’ trauma-informed, holistic, and systems-based approach, the model will build on and scale up the successful work of the Multi-Agency Tasking and Co-ordination (MATAC) process.
Specifically, supporting cases that do not meet the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) criteria and that fall outside of the MATAC ‘top 20’ and include evidence of additional complex and unmet needs.
Harbour Support Services and My Sister’s Place will continue co-delivering the service.
The programme incorporates the following elements:
- Domestic Abuse Complex Needs Coordinators (provided by Harbour Support Services and My Sister’s Place)
- Domestic Abuse Navigators (provided by Harbour Support Services)
- Therapeutic Support (provided by My Sister’s Place)
Building on previous delivery, service providers will liaise with local authority domestic abuse teams to review identified perpetrators. These are people, who continually falling through the gaps in current provision across Cleveland. This is with a view to expanding referral pathways into this service.
Actions are to ensure that no opportunities are missed to break the cycle of abuse. In addition, this approach aims to ensure that victims are not denied the opportunity of having a safe haven in their homes.
Barefoot Social Research is carrying out an independent evaluation of delivery. Its report is due for completion by September 2022. The evaluation will continue into the second year of delivery.
Coordination of this programme is conducted through the multi-agency Project Board, comprising of representatives from the OPCC, Cleveland Police, local authority domestic abuse commissioners, the delivery partners and the evaluator, and reports to local authority domestic abuse boards.
In addition to the Home Office funding, the OPCC and four local authorities in Cleveland will be providing an additional investment of: £71,711.67 (£229,135.00 overall)
Breakdown of the funding is as follows:
- Harbour Support Services: £121,197.00
- My Sister’s Place: £99,938.00
- Barefoot Social Research: £8,000.00