The Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner has secured over £300,000 to fund schemes that tackle domestic abuse.
The money will be split across two programs that will work with both perpetrators and victims.
The initiatives will see support for offenders across all areas of Cheshire for the first time.
Its implementation follows a recent survey* where 89 per cent of service providers stated they felt they should be working more with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said:
Domestic abuse not only affects the victim, it can have a severe impact on the whole family, including children, and it often creates lasting harm.
As we’ve been spending more time at home to reduce the spread of Covid-19, we have seen an increase in the number of domestic abuse incidents reported in Cheshire.
We need to do more to support families through these challenging times and we have to work with the perpetrator of the crime in order for them to understand the physical and emotional impact their behaviour is having on their partners and the entire family.
This project will prioritise approaches which offer support for vulnerable victims and children alongside interventions for perpetrators to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved for the whole family.
Reduced incidents and improved behaviours within the family, whether they remain together or co-parent, lead to improved outcomes for victims and children and aim to stop the perpetrator reoffending with a different family.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse there are resources available where you can seek help.
Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub – 0300 123 5101
Cheshire West and Chester: 0300 123 7047, option 2
Halton Domestic Abuse Forum: 0300 111 1247
Warrington Refuge – 01925 243359
If you need support and advice, you can also call Cheshire Police on 101 or the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency, where there is a threat to life or a crime is taking place, please call 999.
*Data taken from Save Lives survey: https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/practitioner-survey