The OPCC and Cleveland Police are part of a regional Domestic Abuse Whole System Approach project.
The project a series of associated activities, which have been designed to bring about the embedding of 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, and that this will be supported through correlating interventions that are robust with a longer term impact upon reduced reoffending and reduced repeat victimisation.
The project’s activities include the delivery of a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP). These are behavioural change programmes delivered by specially-trained agencies, such as those who manage offenders, or who have gained RESPECT accreditation.
The agencies work either on a one-to-one basis, or by group work with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Trained facilitators lead the sessions, and use a programme of theory based work that engenders greater self-awareness with perpetrators, promotes recognition of harm causing behaviours and the adverse impact that this has upon victims, children and the broader community. The 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, which it is anticipated will reduce re-offending, reduce the harm associated with perpetration of domestic abuse, and reduce the likelihood of repeat victimisation. Funding for this initiative is provided by the Home Office Transformation Programme and is in line with achieving the activities included in the project delivery plan.