About this strategy

Our Domestic Abuse Strategy 2022 – 2027 outlines how we will work, together with our partners, to tackle and prevent domestic abuse in Barnsley.

It's informed by the findings of a comprehensive needs assessment of our domestic abuse services, and outlines how we will achieve our strategic priorities below:

  1. Providing victims of domestic abuse with the right support
  2. Preventing domestic abuse
  3. Ensuring a strong multi-agency response to domestic abuse
  4. Holding perpetrators to account and support them to change their behaviour.

Our strategy meets the regulations as required by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, and contributes to the Safer Barnsley Partnership Plan 2021. 

Ultimately, our strategy aims to improve the lives of victims, survivors and their children and help make Barnsley a place where people are safe from domestic abuse

Introduction 

Domestic abuse has far-reaching repercussions for all of society and has devastating effects on families, children and local communities. In 2021, Parliament passed the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, a piece of legislation which created the first statutory definition of domestic abuse.

What is domestic abuse

Abusive behaviour is defined as:

  • physical or sexual abuse
  • violent or threatening behaviour
  • controlling or coercive behaviour
  • economic abuse – including behaviour that has a substantial adverse effect on a person’s ability to obtain, use, or maintain money or other property, or obtain goods or services
  • psychological, emotional or other abuse

It does not matter whether the behaviour consists of a single incident or a pattern of behaviour.

Domestic abuse does not only happen in current romantic relationships, and can occur if the people involved:

  • are, or have been, married to each other
  • are, or have been, civil partners of each other
  • have agreed to marry one another (whether or not the agreement has been terminated)
  • have entered into a civil partnership agreement (whether or not the agreement has been terminated)
  • are, or have been, in an intimate personal relationship with each other
  • each have, or there has been a time when the each have had, a parental relationship in relation to the same child
  • are relatives

Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender identity, sex, race, sexual orientation, wealth, disability or location of the victim or perpetrator.

What we know about domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is often referred to as a ‘hidden crime’ - domestic abuse largely happens behind closed doors or out of sight of others. It is also an underreported crime, as victims may fear not being believed or what might happen if they do report abuse, or may face barriers in accessing support. Therefore, it is likely that reported statistics will be much lower than actual abuse levels.

However, data is still useful in understanding how far reaching domestic abuse is.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated in the year ending March 2020, 7.3% of women (1.6 million) and 3.6% of men (757,000) experienced Domestic Abuse. In this year, 758,942 Domestic Abuse-related crimes were recorded by police in England and Wales.

More recent data is available at a local level. 

Domestic abuse incidents graph

During the period April 2019 – June 2021, there was a monthly average of 567 Domestic Abuse incidents reported to the police in Barnsley.

There is evidence of an increase in overall incidents during and since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020. Monthly averages went up from 524 in the year prior to the pandemic (finishing March 2020) to 602 in the year finishing March 2021. There was a very clear spike during the first six months of lockdown, where monthly averages were at 637.

The most recent quarter (to end June 21) shows a slight increase (9.5%) on the previous quarter, but the total remains just below 600.

Domestic abuse service referrals

During 2020/21, IDAS received a total of 4122 referrals for all of its services, working with 4092 clients and receiving an average of 1022 referrals per quarter.

  • Female victims made up the vast majority of referrals (89%), with 11% of referrals involving male victims. A total of 49 referrals to IDAS (1.2% of referrals) were known to be from transgender victims, and 99 individuals (2.4% of clients) identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
  • Most referrals were for people in the 26-30 age group. Although the numbers of older people accessing IDAS represent a small minority of the total, the numbers are by no means insignificant. In 2020/21, 104 people in their sixties; 68 people in their seventies; and 10 people aged 80 and over were referred to IDAS.
  • Around 7% of referrals in total were from minority ethnic backgrounds, with the largest minority group being white Eastern Europeans.
  • 2.5% of IDAS clients during 2020/21 stated a language other than English as their main language. This represents 104 people and 27 different community spoken languages.
  • During 2020/21, 711 of IDAS’s 4092 (17%) clients identified as a disabled person or has having a health condition, with mental health being by far the most common. 348 (8.5%) of IDAS’s clients described themselves as having a mental health condition.

Domestic abuse and children

In 2020/2021, 5% of IDAS referrals were from women who were known to be pregnant. Furthermore, in 2020/21, domestic abuse was identified as a risk factor in nearly three-quarters (73%) of cases coming to child protection conferences. Domestic abuse is by far the most frequently identified risk factor in these audits.

This figure – as others relating to domestic abuse – had jumped up during 2020/21. In the previous two years, 59% (2018/19) and 48% (2019/20) of cases coming to child protection conferences included domestic abuse as a risk factor.

Domestic abuse and housing

In the period 2020/21, Housing Options were approached by an average of 96 people citing domestic abuse per quarter (32 per month, or 7 per week).

Women made up the vast majority of individuals making a formal homeless application where domestic abuse was the primary cause of homelessness – 94% compared to 6% of clients being men. However, men made up 34% of total clients approaching the Housing Options service – a figure not reflected in the number of men making formal homeless applications. Women made up 66% of clients approaching the Housing Options service.

The proportion of households containing children approaching Housing Options citing domestic abuse has significantly increased. Households with children are more likely to make homeless applications than those without: there is a greater proportion of households with children making homeless applications (45%) compared to approaches to the service (27%).

Developing the strategy 

In 2021, we commissioned the work of Imogen Blood Associates to carry out and produce a detailed needs assessment of the domestic abuse services provided in Barnsley. Through stakeholder interviews, analysis of a range of service data and case studies, an online survey, and practice sharing discussions, the needs assessment set out to assess the prevalence of domestic abuse in Barnsley and identify gaps in the current provision of domestic abuse services.

The production of the needs assessment met the Domestic Abuse Act’s requirement of assessing the need for accommodation-based domestic abuse support, and its findings informed the development of this strategy and are continuing to inform our re-commissioning approach for 2022/2023.

This strategy will be a live document, so that our priorities and aims can appropriately respond to the changing landscape of Domestic Abuse and the needs of victims.

   

Understanding the wider picture

This strategy is part of a bigger picture of works that are in place to help to tackle domestic abuse.  Here are some of the things we're working on to help and support. 

Domestic Abuse Act 2021 

This strategy is part of, and informed by, a wider framework of legislation and governance concerning domestic abuse.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021.

The Act requires local authorities to:

  • provide accommodation based support to victims of domestic abuse
  • give victims of domestic abuse priority need for homelessness assistance, and grant secure lifetime tenancies when granting new secure tenancies to social tenants who had or has a secure lifetime or assured tenancy
  • appoint a multi-agency Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board
  • assess the need for accommodation-based domestic abuse support in their area for all victims and their children, including those who come from outside the area
  • develop, publish and give effect to a domestic abuse strategy
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy
  • report back to central government

For further information on the Domestic Abuse Act 2021,  you can read the factsheet on gov.uk

Safer Barnsley Partnership 

The Safer Barnsley Partnership, is the statutory partnership responsible for tackling crime and disorder, protecting vulnerable people and reducing reoffending.

All members of the partnership are committed to working to end domestic abuse and to creating a culture of zero tolerance towards domestic abuse in Barnsley. Amongst others, the Safer Barnsley Partnership’s commitments include:

  • improving and enhancing the response to domestic abuse by targeting offenders and offering an excellent victim’s service.
  • completing the strategic review of substance misuse, domestic abuse and multiple needs services and presenting a business case for recommissioning the service.
  • evidencing how the local authority is leading in developing domestic abuse services as proposed in the Domestic Abuse Bill 2020 to ensure victims have safe accommodation.

For more information you can visit Safer Barnsley Partnership.

Domestic abuse is a high priority for the Safer Barnsley Partnership and its Harm Reduction Sub-Group. The Harm Reduction Sub-Group will perform the function of the multi-agency Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board outlined in the Domestic Abuse Act.

A key objective of the Harm Reduction Sub-Group is to “work collaboratively to ensure that domestic abuse becomes socially unacceptable and that the harm caused to victims and their families is reduced.”

The Harm Reduction Sub-Group’s key commitments for domestic abuse are:

  • Workforce training – All BMBC and strategic partner workforce managers trained to identify and offer support through domestic abuse.
  • Safeguarding – All school and college safeguarding leads equipped to manage domestic abuse identified with pupils and others.
  • Safe housing – Develop the Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation to establish additional housing portfolio.
  • Widening access to support – Approach the market to engage potential domestic abuse providers for the delivery of future provision.
  • Reducing inequalities – We are committed to developing further our specialisms within our services for LGBTQ+, BAME, the deaf community and work with young people.
  • Support to children & young people – Providing therapeutic group and individual work to children and young people impacted by familial domestic abuse.

The commitments are reflected in our Safer Barnsley Partnership Plan 2022-2026, which is currently under development.

Stronger Communities Partnership

The Stronger Communities Partnership is a multi-agency board that contributes towards our health and wellbeing vision for the people of Barnsley.

The Stronger Communities Partnership vision is to ensure people in our communities get the right support, at the right time, in the right place to tackle problems early.

Early help is relevant to preventing domestic abuse, as it is about focusing on the root causes of problems. This will help to improve outcomes for children, young people, families and vulnerable adults, and avoid costly statutory interventions.

Please note that the Early Help Plan 2022-24 is currently under development.

Children and young people 

The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people can be incredibly damaging. This strategy acknowledges the importance of working closely with children and young people’s services to keep children and families safe, both in tackling and preventing Domestic Abuse in Barnsley.

This strategy supports Barnsley’s Children & Young People’s Trust (BCYPT) and several priorities identified in the BCYPT’s Children & Young People’s Plan.

Safeguarding adults 

Domestic abuse often co-exists within a range of complex issues, such as mental health issues or substance misuse. The response to Domestic Abuse therefore plays an important role in Barnsley’s overall response to safeguarding vulnerable adults.  This strategy supports the ambitions of the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board Strategic Plan.

Barnsley 2030

In the prioritisation of developing support services and the prevention of domestic abuse, this strategy also supports the vision of a healthy Barnsley.

For more information visit Barnsley 2030 strategy.

Violence against women and girls

This strategy will also evidence how we, together with our Safer Barnsley Partnership partners, will support the Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy by:

  • prioritising prevention
  • supporting victims
  • supporting the Criminal Justice and Legal system to pursue and remove perpetrators

   

What we currently deliver

In 2021, we commissioned a detailed needs assessment of the domestic abuse services provided in Barnsley.  

Introduction video

Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS)

Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender identity, sex, race, disability or sexual orientation, and Barnsley domestic abuse services are available to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse. Our services are delivered by the specialist charity Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS)  based in a community hub in Goldthorpe developed by Ministry of Justice (MoJ) grant money.  Services delivered by IDAS include:

  • Independent domestic violence advisors/advocates (IDVAs) who offer information and support, crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy and practical and emotional support.
  • Therapeutic groups and counselling
  • Recovery and safety planning and care co-ordination
  • Target hardening
  • Community support
  • Recovery check-ups
  • Management of the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process

Accommodation based support 

Both nationally and locally, accommodation-based support for victims is at the forefront of agendas for service provision. Housing concerns are often a significant barrier for victims leaving an abusive partner, and victims can be subject to serious financial and emotional hardship due to having to leave their home (Women’s Aid, 2020). 

Current accommodation-based support offered in Barnsley includes commissioning the provision of a women’s-only refuge delivered by IDAS, consisting of eight self-contained units. The refuge is available for Barnsley residents, as well as domestic abuse victims from other local authority areas.

In partnership with IDAS and Humankind, our Housing Options Team also provide specialist support to female offenders with experience of domestic abuse through four separate units of safe accommodation.

Our Housing Options Team provide temporary and emergency accommodation for victims who present as homeless due to domestic abuse and work closely with Berneslai Homes to identify suitable properties for victims.

Support for children 

The Domestic Abuse Act, for the first time, recognises children exposed to domestic abuse as victims in their own right. It is widely recognised that witnessing domestic abuse can have devastating long and short term effects on children of all ages.  Ahead of our re-commissioning of services in 2022, we are committed to designing a system that sees through the eyes of children. We will ensure that the right support is available at the right time to those children and young people affected by domestic abuse, prioritising early intervention and a holistic approach.

IDAS currently provide the following support to the children of victims of domestic abuse:

  • You & Me Mum: a programme for mothers in refuge, or anyone who may have children but that may not be residing in the refuge with them. This aims to support and empower victims in furthering their understanding of their role as a parent and in addressing the needs of children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse.
  • Protective behaviours: this programme helps children and adults recognise situations where they feel unsafe or worried, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened etc.
  • One-to-one parenting courses
  • One-to-one support with children around thoughts and feelings
  • Safety planning
  • Crèche/after school clubs
  • Work around topical issues with children such as online abuse, bullying, safety planning when moving on, and domestic abuse.
  • Trips and seasonal events/parties.

Following recommendations from the needs assessment, we, in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, have also funded the role of a recently recruited children’s therapeutic worker.

Domestic abuse training 

IDAS provide training to a range of partners. IDAS provide training on specific topics to organisations at their request, which will often be delivered by their local IDVA team in order to build positive working relationships with partners. IDAS will also attend team meetings of partners to increase visibility of the service and provide an opportunity for them to ask questions.

Communication and campaigning 

IDAS employ a communications officer who manages their Instagram and Facebook accounts, ensuring that their social media presence is always up to date and in line with current news.

IDAS also participate in local events such as Safeguarding Awareness Week and school galas, with the aims of ensuring they are visible in as many areas of the community as possible, promoting their services and raising awareness.

Stakeholder interviews from the needs assessment report many more victims coming forward following media awareness campaign during COVID-19. Police data shows that, in 2018/19, there were an average of 9 disclosures per quarter under Clare’s Law; increasing to an average of 29 per quarter in 2019/20 and to 38 per quarter in 2020/21 following the release of media campaigns.

Operation encompass 

All schools and colleges in Barnsley are signed up to Operation Encompass, a national initiative which ensures that a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) receives a notification prior to the start of the next school day after police have attended a domestic abuse incident where there are children involved, to ensure the child is given ‘pastoral’ support.

Operation Encompass offers an opportunity for greater support to the child if the incident is repeated or escalates and encourages better partnership between schools and police.  The programme aims to ensure that the sharing of information results in appropriate support being given to children who are experiencing domestic abuse.

South Yorkshire perpetrator programme - Cranstoun's inspire to change 

In partnership with our regional neighbours Doncaster Council, Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, we commission a county wide voluntary domestic abuse perpetrator programme, delivered by Cranstoun.

Cranstoun’s Inspire to Change programme is available to perpetrators of all genders from the age of 16+, who have displayed controlling, abusive or violent behaviour in their intimate or inter family relationships. Cranstoun’s Inspire to Change has been designed to help perpetrators find better ways to manage and control their abusive behaviour, and encourages participants to think and behave more positively in order to prevent harm to their partner and their families.

For more information or to make a referral visit Cranstoun’s Inspire to Change programme

Domestic homicide reviews 

A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is a multi-agency review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person to whom they were related or with whom they were, or had been, in an intimate personal relationship, or a member of the same household as themselves. For more information about the process of DHRs and to read previous DHRs conducted by Barnsley’s CSP, please visit domestic homicide review.

DHR’s are not designed to assign blame – the purpose of a DHR is to consider and evaluate the circumstances that led to the death of an individual and identify learning opportunities for agencies, so that they can work better together and prevent such tragic situations from happening again.

Going forward, we will also conduct “Near Miss” DHRs, to take place in the event that a victim of domestic abuse had sustained a potentially life threatening injury, or serious harm, or significant impairment, and the circumstances of the incident raises concern about the way local professionals and services work together to safeguard victims of domestic abuse.

A “Near Miss” process for DHRs will allow us to ensure that learning opportunities from cases which do not meet the criteria for a DHR are not lost, and provide further opportunities to inform and improve local inter-agency practice in response to domestic abuse.

   

Where are our gaps?

Early findings from the needs assessment suggest domestic abuse in Barnsley has become more complex. 

Overview 

Findings from our needs assessment suggest that domestic abuse in Barnsley has become much more complex than the ‘traditional’ scenario of a female victims fleeing violence from a male perpetrator. Services are seeing more cases of mutual partner conflict, female perpetrators/male victims, same sex couples, older/adult children abusing parents or grandparents, and cases where people do not want to leave the property and/or relationship.

Furthermore, the needs assessment has identified that there are increasing numbers of women who have complex needs, such as mental or physical health issues, substance misuse issues, offending history, and housing instability.

Key gaps identified by Imogen Blood Associates at this stage in their research are shown in the sections below.  

Providing safe and suitable accommodation support 

An identified gap in our service provision is the lack of availability of safe and suitable accommodation for victims.

Barnsley’s refuge typically receives around 10 referrals per month (120 per year; 33 in the most recent quarter). They are able to accommodate roughly 1 client in every 3 referrals; refusals are both due to lack of vacancies and needs being too high, as the refuge cannot accommodate people with multiple and complex needs.

The lack of vacancies in the refuge is driven by clients staying at the refuge for long periods of time, partially due to lack of suitable accommodation to move to – there are long waitlists for social housing properties, managed by our housing company Berneslai Homes, and significant financial challenges for victims looking to move-on into the private rented sector. Further to a lack of move-on accommodation, the needs assessment has identified a lack of short-term emergency accommodation which could be used to offer a safe space for victims or perpetrators to ‘cool off’ and safely consider their options.

The needs assessment highlighted that there is a significant gap in accommodation support for victims who do not fit the ‘traditional’ description of a victim of Domestic Abuse – for example, male victims or victims with complex needs. There is also an identified need for Housing Options officers to be made further aware of how target-hardening measures can be accessed by victims living in a range of tenures.

Support for children and young people 

The Domestic Abuse Act ensures that children are seen as victims of domestic abuse in their own right. Therefore, understanding our gaps in support for children and young people is crucial in designing future services.

The needs assessment highlighted that, in Barnsley:

  • households with children are more likely to make homeless applications than those without, and the proportion of households containing children approaching Housing Options citing Domestic Abuse have also shown a significant increase over the last four quarters.
  • 823 children were discussed at MARAC meetings during 2020/21.
  • services are reporting an increase in older/adult children abusing parents or grandparents

The needs assessment identified that there is a lack of specialist support for children and young people in relation to domestic abuse, and that support for children who are residing in the refuge with their parent is limited.

Support for perpetrators 

Stakeholder interviews identified a need for more skilled work with men/perpetrators, and more holistic support in relation to support and accommodation options in order to minimise the risk of repeat incidents. The needs assessment also identified a need for specialist provision for younger perpetrators, male and female perpetrators, and voluntary access to healthy relationships courses, as well as mandated programmes for those convicted of offences.

Review of MARAC

Stakeholder interviews with professionals who attend MARAC highlighted the unsustainable nature of the number of cases reaching MARAC, resulting in lengthy meetings and difficulties in discussing cases in a timely manner. Individual representatives are highly committed to engaging in the MARAC process, but note that MARAC is an “add-on” to their already substantive roles and have limited resource to follow-up and feedback on actions agreed during meetings.

    

What we're working on now

There are 4 priority areas that we are focusing on to help keep people safe. 

Introduction video

1. Providing victims with the right support 

This priority focuses on providing victims of domestic abuse, and their children, with the quality support they need to keep them safe. This includes meeting the requirements of the Domestic Abuse Act by providing safe accommodation to enable victims to leave their abusive situation, and counselling and therapeutic support to provide victims with the confidence they need to move on. It is Barnsley MBC’s priority that our domestic abuse services meet the needs of our communities.

Our aims:

  • Increase our capacity for providing safe accommodation to victims of domestic abuse

    Objectives

    Purchase additional housing units in order to accommodate victims with complex needs and diversify the pool of housing options available.

    Review and improve the monitoring of pathways into and out of the refuge.

    Investigate the possibilities of creating a housing advocacy role utilising the homeless prevention fund (targeting the rent arrears/cost of bonds) to unblock housing problems for victims and perpetrators.
  • Ensure the development of services is driven by the needs of survivors

    Objectives
    Commission a service which is robust, inclusive, and addresses the needs identified in our 2021 Needs Assessment.
    Establish a framework for frequent needs assessments in order to ensure services are responding to the evolving needs of victims and survivors in Barnsley.
    Establish a Lived Experience Group to provide ongoing feedback on our services.
  • Develop an increased offer of community support, including an increased offer of support to children and families

    Objectives

    Contribute to and monitor two full posts working with LGBT+ and BME victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

    Design a service specification which places children at the centre of provision.

    Develop an increased offer of therapeutic support to all children who have been affected by domestic abuse.

2. Preventing domestic abuse

We understand that tackling domestic abuse requires real cultural change, and that prevention work is at the heart of this. This includes raising awareness of domestic abuse and the services available in order to establish a well-informed population on the dangers and signs of domestic abuse. This also includes thinking about the impact of abuse on children and how this affects the likelihood of victims becoming future perpetrators and ensuring that individuals understand the difference between healthy and abusive relationships and know where to go for support.

In identifying prevention as a priority, we also supports the government’s violence against women and girls strategy.

Our aims: 

  • Continue to develop a strong communications plan to raise awareness and signpost to services

    Objectives

    Work with our service provider and partners to deliver strong and consistent messages through regular community updates and social media campaigns.

    Develop communication campaigns targeted at specific events – Valentines Day, Christmas, sporting tournaments etc.

    Develop unique communication programmes recognising different experiences of domestic abuse – LGBTQ+, BAME, male experiences etc.
  • Develop a curriculum for school safeguarding leads, creating a 'Wellness' Hub of Excellence for delivering education around healthy relationships

    Objectives

    Utilising the infrastructure created by the successful implementation of Operation Encompass to develop a consistent training programme across all schools.

    Establish a peer support network for safeguarding leads in schools.



3. Providing strong multi-agency support

We recognise that in order to end domestic abuse, it cannot be tackled in isolation. This means creating and maintaining strong relationships between agencies, based on meaningful communication and partnership working.

Tackling domestic abuse is a key theme in the Safer Barnsley Partnership’s Violence Reduction Plan, and much of the work to address this priority is done through the Crime Sub-Group and the Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP) Sub-Group.

Our aims: 

  • Ensure the MARAC works for all agencies and delivers the best outcome for victims

    Objectives
    Subject to needs assessment recommendations, review and refresh the MARAC process in order to ensure the MARAC works for all agencies and can deliver the best outcomes for victims.
  • Maintain and develop positive relationships between agencies who are exposed to victims of domestic abuse

    Objectives

    Continue to develop internal and external communications to ensure all agencies are familiar with the referral system for cases of domestic abuse.

    Continue to develop and deliver domestic abuse training to a range of agencies and ensure that training is a key feature of future service specifications.
    Develop the strong relationships that already exist between professional agencies to include those on the periphery.
  • Establish the Protecting Vulnerable People Sub-Group as our Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board Function

    Objectives

    Establish domestic abuse as a standing agenda item at PVP meetings.

    Develop an appropriate and victim-friendly pathway to ensure that the voice of victims is represented.

    Establish a network of survivors whose voices can be drawn upon for their lived experience expertise.

  • Identify opportunities for pooling resources amongst agencies to deliver the best services for victims

    Objectives

    Continue to work closely with our regional neighbours to identify opportunities for the joint commissioning of services.

    Strengthen relationships with Children’s Social Care to ensure resources are fully utilised and explore opportunities for joint commissioning further support for children.

  • Develop the expectations of agencies and professionals working together in the future to keep Domestic Abuse on everybody’s agenda and improve the outcomes for victims and their children
     
    Objectives

    Develop the “Near Miss” DHR process to provide a further channel to identify ongoing learning opportunities for agencies responding to domestic abuse.

4. Perpetrators support to change behaviour

We recognise that too often, the burden of ending domestic abuse has fallen upon victims. In line with the government’s VAWG strategy, we prioritise the pursual of perpetrators and shifting the onus to change to those perpetrating domestic abuse. In prioritising supporting perpetrators to change their behaviour, we hope to contribute to a culture change in how tackling domestic abuse is perceived, prevent re-offending, and create positive outcomes for victims, perpetrators and their children.

Our aims: 

  • Continue to support and develop the existing perpetrator programme to support perpetrators to change behaviour

    Objectives
    Develop access points to the programme across the borough.

    Develop communications to ensure the existing perpetrator programme is advertised to all relevant agencies, so the programme is offered to a wide range of perpetrators including younger and female offenders.

    Continue, with our partners, to monitor the existing perpetrator programme to ensure the best outcomes are being delivered for victims and perpetrators in South Yorkshire.
  • Support South Yorkshire Police in developing and implementing the MATAC process

    Objectives Progress

    MATAC refers to the Multi-Agency Tasking and Coordination process of identifying and tackling serial perpetrators of Domestic Abuse, and has been piloted in Northumbria and rolled out across six other police forces in the North East and Yorkshire, including SYP.

     

    A MATAC panel should bring together local agencies to identify strategies for responding to the most harmful Domestic Abuse perpetrators.

     

    We await direction from SYP on how best we can support this process.

     


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