Respect and Women’s Aid England are working together to develop an early response to perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse, this is aligned with and influenced by the Change That Lasts response to survivors. It is funded by the Police Transformation Fund and supported by the Office of Police Commissioner in Lincolnshire and Sussex where the pilot sites will be located.
The project is a whole systems approach to tackling domestic abuse. As well as working with individuals, we are seeking to change systems that enable abuse to continue, working with communities and organisations to achieve this. We will break new ground in terms of service delivery and partnership working, enabling behaviour change, increasing accountability and ensuring good quality outcomes for survivors and their children. The safety of survivors and children is at the heart of the design.
More information on the established Women’s Aid Model Change that Lasts survivor model can be found here:
The intervention aimed at addressing the perpetration of abuse will be called ‘Make a Change’.
Those who engage with us will have the opportunity to Make a Change for:
· Their community
· Their organisation
· Their families
The work is aligned to the principles and ethos of Women’s Aid England’s Change That Lasts approach but is different in that we are responding to the perpetration of domestic abuse. The Make a Change model is developed in line with Respect Standards
To deliver Make a Change we will be working with a number of partners in Sussex and Lincolnshire and an independent academic evaluator.
We are delighted to announce that our delivery partners in Sussex will be:
Rise – for the survivor focus, to ensure that survivors and children are effectively supported when we offer perpetrators interventions
Cranstoun – for the perpetrator focus, to deliver both group and 1:1 work with perpetrators and to support us when working with organisations and communities to raise awareness of the issues and support them to develop frameworks and skills for robust responses.
In Lincolnshire we will be working with:
SOLDAS (formerly Boston Women’s Aid) to deliver our survivor support service.
The Jenkins Centre – to deliver to deliver both group and 1:1 work with perpetrators and to support us when working with organisations and communities to raise awareness of the issues and support them to develop frameworks and skills for robust responses.
We are also very pleased to announce that we will be working with the University of Stirling to support us with an independent evaluation of our work. Findings will be published as the work progresses.