Project to tackle domestic abuse

Domestic violence (posed by models)
Domestic violence (posed by models)

A Derbyshire-wide project to help men who are or have been involved in domestic abuse has been launched.

The project uses a group work programme to get men to understand and recognise their abusive behaviour and then to work towards reducing it.

Run by North Derbyshire Women’s Aid and Derbyshire Support and Advice for Men (DSAM) and funded by Derbyshire County Council and the National Lottery, the course is aimed at men aged over 18, but the female partner can be younger. One of them needs to be a Derbyshire resident.

It will run in Chesterfield with those taking part attending for two hours each week over a period of six months.

The programme only works with male perpetrators who are not currently being investigated for a domestic violence or serious violence offence but who recognise the need to change their behaviour. A support service for the female partner is also part of the programme.

Individuals can refer themselves to the Home Office-recognised programme or can be referred by organisations including health, housing, police and social services.

Dena Trossell, strategic head of service for North Derbyshire Women’s Aid, said: “This programme works as part of the co-ordinated response to domestic violence in Derbyshire. It is delivered by professionals and will help to improve the safety of women and children where an abusive partner is involved.It is not a soft option and does take time, but we are confident it will deliver positive outcomes.”

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