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Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund launched

The fund will be available to all PCCs for schemes such as behaviour change programmes.

£36m will be made available to PCCs across the next two years for intervention schemes tackling domestic abuse.

The funding will be split equally between each year and applications for the first £18m are currently open.

£41m has been allocated to PCCs in England and Wales since 2020.

Previous iterations of the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund include the Drive Project – which works with high harm and serial perpetrators.

Recent evaluation from the initiative showed that participation resulted in a reduction in abuse and risk – 82% fewer perpetrators used physical abuse.

The project is working to develop national systems for England and Wales.

The Home Office funding was announced as new standards were also introduced for DA perpetrator interventions.

Seven standards have now been established to ensure a consistent approach to an area where the evidence base remains weak in many cases. They include the need for interventions to be conducted at the right time and by highly skilled staff.

Minister for Safeguarding Sarah Dines said: “I am fully committed to tackling domestic abuse and protecting victims from suffering the lasting impacts of these horrific crimes.

“Our vital Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund allows police forces to intervene early, and work with perpetrators to change their behaviour and reduce the risk they pose, in order to protect victims.”

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