29th May, 2020

£1m scheme to tackle domestic violence across West Midlands

A NEW £1million scheme aims to cut the number of victims of domestic violence.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is rolling out a new 30-week programme for domestic violence perpetrators across the county.

The Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme is in addition to the current ten-week scheme aimed at offenders in Sandwell, Walsall and Coventry.

The new programme will be delivered by the organisation My Time. It aims to challenge offenders’ behaviour and keep partners and children safe in their homes.

Spokeswoman Sarah Jegou said the organisation wanted to focus on ensuring offenders were held responsible for their actions.

Partners will also be offered up to 12 months support from Women’s Aid groups including safety advice, emotional help and support for children’s well-being.

Mr Jamieson said: “We will not stand by and watch as violent individuals physically and emotionally abuse their partners.

“Once enrolled on the scheme, perpetrators will work with experts to reduce their offending and improve their families’ lives for the better. Fewer perpetrators means fewer victims.”

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