Police awarded 11.3 million in England and Wales to target domestic abuse interventions

The Home Office has awarded £11.3 million to 25 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales, to be targeted towards domestic abuse intervention programmes. The programmes focus on interventions encouraging behaviour change to stop perpetrators from committing domestic abuse. Funding will also focus on key areas such as stalking prevention and supporting adolescent perpetrators.

 To secure funding, commissioners were able to bid for up to three projects in partnership with a local service provider of their choice. The programmes use different methods to encourage behaviour change, including 1-to-1 and group therapy and community-based activity.

Key objectives of the programmes include:

  • Reduction in the frequency and gravity of abuse
  • Reduction in the risk posed by the perpetrator
  • Improved safety and protection for victims

Specific interventions and projects across the country which the funding will go towards include:

  • Providing targeted support to address substance misuse, mental health and unemployment
  • Compulsive and Obsessive Behaviour programmes to address behaviours linked to stalking
  • Behavioural change courses for children and adolescents who are abusive violent or using self-destructive behaviour

Perpetrator support work in schools including healthy relationships education, delivered by professionals as part of the relationship and sex education requirement of schools.

Research into perpetrator interventions is key to understanding the issue of domestic abuse, the Home Office also intends to conduct an evaluation of activity later in the financial year. The evaluations will be used to inform funding plans for future years and to ensure a more targeted approach to any future funding.

‘ADVANCE integrated group intervention to address both substance use and intimate partner abuse perpetration by men in substance use treatment: a feasibility randomised controlled trial’ published in BMC public health

The ADVANCE team’s latest publication led by Professor Gail Gilchrist is now available.

Abstract

Background: Substance use is a risk factor for intimate partner abuse (IPA) perpetration. Delivering perpetrator interventions concurrently with substance use treatment shows promise.

Methods: The feasibility of conducting an efficacy and cost-effectiveness trial of the ADVANCE 16-week intervention to reduce IPA by men in substance use treatment was explored. A multicentre, parallel group individually randomised controlled feasibility trial and formative evaluation was conducted. Over three temporal cycles, 104 men who had perpetrated IPA towards a female (ex) partner in the past year were randomly allocated to receive the ADVANCE intervention + substance use treatment as usual (TAU) (n = 54) or TAU only (n = 50) and assessed 16-weeks post-randomisation. Participants’ (ex) partners were offered support and 27 provided outcome data. Thirty-one staff and 12 men who attended the intervention participated in focus groups or interviews that were analysed using the framework approach. Pre-specified criteria assessed the feasibility of progression to a definitive trial: 1) ≥ 60% of eligible male participants recruited; 2) intervention acceptable to staff and male participants; 3) ≥ 70% of participants followed-up and 4) levels of substance use and 5) IPA perpetrated by men in the intervention arm did not increase from average baseline level at 16-weeks post-randomisation.

Results: 70.7% (104/147) of eligible men were recruited. The formative evaluation confirmed the intervention’s acceptability. Therapeutic alliance and session satisfaction were rated highly. The overall median rate of intervention session attendance (of 14 compulsory sessions) was 28.6% (range 14.3–64.3% by the third cycle). 49.0% (51/104) of men and 63.0% (17/27) of their (ex) partners were followed-up 16-weeks post-randomisation. This increased to 100% of men and women by cycle three. At follow-up, neither substance use nor IPA perpetration had worsened for men in the intervention arm.

You can access the paper for free here.