Launch of new Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is rolling
out a new 30 week programme for domestic violence perpetrators
designed to change their behaviour and reduce the number of
The new £1 million scheme, called the Domestic Violence
Perpetrator Programme, will now be available across the West
The new innitiative covers the whole of the West Midlands.
It is in addition to the current 10 week scheme in place for
perpetrators living in Sandwell, Walsall and Coventry.
Whilst experts work to change the behaviour of violent and
controlling individuals, their partners will be offered up to 12
months practical support from Women's Aid groups across the region.
This will include safety advice, emotional help and support for
children's physical and emotional well-being.
The new programme for violent and abusive offenders will be
delivered by My Time. The organisation will work with offenders to
challenge their behaviour and keep partners and children safe in
their own homes.
Tackling domestic violence is one of Mr Jamieson's top priorities.
He believes the new initiative will help hundreds of people rebuild
their lives. The intention is to reduce the number of offenders to
protect more women and their children from violence and abuse.
Police and Crime Commissioner, David 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."
The ambition is to always protect partners and children.
Maureen Connolly, the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull
Women's Aid, said: "I have been impressed by the considered
approach the Police and Crime Commissioner has taken in developing
the new programme. His commitment to a safe and high quality
initiative is to be welcomed. Our specialist domestic violence
agencies across the region, look forward to offering support and
advice to victims"
Commenting, Sarah Jegou from My Time said: "Our programme ensures
perpetrators are accountable for their actions and victims are
protected from violence. We want to focus on ensuring offenders are
held responsible for their actions."
The new scheme was launched at Maple House in Birmingham on
Thursday 20th July.
Dame Vera Baird, Northumbria PCC speaking at the