domestic abuse during the pandemic
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Tackling domestic abuse during the pandemic and beyond

Two people supervised by our probation services have shared their domestic abuse stories with a national news outlet to raise awareness of effective support.

iNews featured how we helped a victim to escape her abusive relationship, and supported a perpetrator to change his behaviour.

Jay*, a perpetrator of domestic abuse, is one of 3,500 perpetrators we have supported to take personal responsibility to overcome their abusive behaviours. He went on our Building Better Relationships Programme, to learn non-abusive ways to respond to pressures created from stressful situations. One of the impacts of the pandemic is the increased strain it is putting on unhealthy relationships.

Emily’s* story highlights our close work supporting victims. We helped Emily to implement plans to keep her safe and forge a positive future. A probation officer spotted the signs of abuse during the lockdown thanks to best practice training we deliver to employers and their employees.

As well as this work, KSS CRC is also tackling the link between stalking and domestic abuse. Individuals who carry out such intimidation can share the same behavioural characteristics as domestic abusers. These behaviours can act as a gateway to further violent actions.

In the UK, there are some 2.4 million victims of domestic abuse a year aged 16 to 74. More than one in ten of all offences recorded by the police are stalking related (Home Office). Our Compulsive and Obsessive Behaviour Intervention, the first of its kind in the UK approved by the British Psychological Association, helps perpetrators to secure the tools to address the triggers and behaviours that heighten their risk of offending.

Deputy Chief Officer Carl Hall said: “All forms of domestic abuse leave a long-lasting impact on victims and their families. That is why we continue to work together with the government and police and crime commissioners to develop new much-needed responses to this issue using our expertise, research and consultancy services. It is only by continued action and raising awareness of domestic abuse that society can break the cycle of intimidation and abuse too many victims face at the hands of their abusers.”

For further information about our domestic abuse work and consultancy services, please contact us.

You can also read our latest research about BAME victims of domestic abuse which sets out recommendations, so organisations can better reach and support this group.

* we have changed the names of individuals to protect their identity.