The OPCC and Cleveland Police are part of a regional Domestic Abuse Whole System Approach project.
The project is a series of associated activities. Activities are designed to embed a whole system approach and response to domestic abuse across criminal justice domains and through partnerships with multi-agency agencies.
By working across criminal justice systems, it is envisaged that, through improved and transformed knowledge, greater co-working between key agencies, and ensuring systems are designed to be accessible.
This will enable early identification and good quality support to victims of domestic abuse. In addition, this will be supported with robust interventions with the longer term impact of reducing re-offending and repeat victimisation.
The project’s activities include the delivery of a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP). They are behavioural change programmes. Specially-trained agencies deliver the programmes. They include agencies, who manage offenders or who have gained RESPECT accreditation.
The agencies work either on a one-to-one basis, or in groups with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Trained facilitators lead the sessions. They use a programme of theory-based work. It fosters greater self-awareness and promotes recognition of harm-causing behaviours. In addition, the sessions raise awareness of the adverse impact abusive behaviour has on victims, children and the wider community.
Sessions help perpetrators to develop strategies for managing their behaviour without resorting to abuse and violence.
Route 2 (My Sister’s Place) propose to deliver an ecological model based Domestic Abuse Preventions programme.
It is anticipated it will reduce re-offending, reduce the harm associated with domestic abuse and reduce the likelihood of repeat victimisation.
Funding for this initiative is provided by the Home Office Transformation Programme. It is in line with achieving the activities included in the project delivery plan.