A new project that targets perpetrators of domestic abuse is being introduced in Croydon.
The Drive Project aims to reduce offending and increase the safety of victims and their families by holding perpetrators to account and challenging them to change.
It is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Home Office, through the Police Transformation Fund.
Drive will be delivered by RISE, a professional team that works closely with perpetrators to help them break their cycle of harmful behaviour.
This will be supported by Croydon police and Croydon’s FJC, who will help protect and support victims and ensure their safety.
A launch event will take place at the Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) Resource Centre this afternoon (Monday 2 July) and is open to all practitioners who would like to find out more about the service and how it could help the families and clients they support.
This includes representatives from adult and children’s social care, health services (including GPs and midwifery), housing, the police, joined partners from primary and secondary schools, and Croydon’s young people’s substance misuse service, Turning Point.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“Croydon has a long history of leading the way in tackling domestic violence and this is no exception where we will pilot Drive for London. To reduce the prevalence of domestic violence in society, we must reduce the number of perpetrators.
“Services rightly focus on meeting the needs of survivors but too often perpetrators are not held to account, and their abusive behaviour continues unchallenged. This important programme will change this status quo in Croydon.”
The Drive Project was launched in 2016, initially piloted in Essex, South Wales and West Sussex.
For more information see http://driveproject.org.uk/