DRIVE Campaign Update
This month, the Drive Project went live in Croydon. Delivered locally by RISE, the intervention aims to reduce the number of victims of domestic abuse and increase the safety of victims and their families by holding perpetrators to account and challenging them to change.
Each year, more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously harmed as a result of domestic abuse. Last year in Croydon alone, there were 538 victims referred to MARAC as they were identified to be at significant risk of serious harm or homicide.
Services such as the FJC, Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid and Victim Support do important work in protecting the safety of victims and their children. In order to ensure that safety can be sustained, we must also have an effective response to the perpetrators. As less than 1% of perpetrators receive a specialised intervention, Drive will be part of a larger systemic change to address domestic violence prevention. Working with local agencies, Drive will complement existing services and strengthen the response to perpetrators who caused the highest harm
We need to stop asking “why doesn’t she leave?” and start asking “why doesn’t he stop?”
High harm perpetrators of domestic abuse will be identified through the MARAC process and a newly established multi-agency panel, Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Panel (DAPP). will be responsible for overseeing referrals to Drive, as well as, enabling a co-ordinated multi-agency response. The aim is to disrupt abuse and reduce re offending, while keeping victims/survivors and children’s safety at the core.
Once allocated to Drive, Case Managers will work with perpetrators on a one-to-one basis, using an intensive case management approach. Drive Case Managers will liaise with agencies involved with victims, perpetrators, and their families, to gather information, assess risks and needs of the perpetrator, and enact an intervention plan to disrupt abuse. This will include work with the criminal justice system to ensure perpetrators experience full consequences if they continue to be violent and abusive with the goal of establishing long-term behaviour change.
The Drive Project was launched in 2016, initially piloted in Essex, South Wales and West Sussex, and highlighted in the government’s VAWG strategy for its innovative approach to working with perpetrators.
The implementation of Drive in Croydon is supported by the Home Office through the Police Transformation Fund in England and Wales and MOPAC.
For further details contact Rebecca.Hodgman@croydon.gov.uk