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Organisations invited to bid for Drive perpetrator programme and IDVA support

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The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Thames Valley is inviting organisations to bid for the delivery of a leading perpetrator programme for high-risk perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, is encouraging suitable organisations to bid to provide a specialist service to reduce the number of victims by disrupting and changing perpetrator behaviour.

The £1.4 million grant, managed by the OPCC, will secure a specialist provider or to offer a targeted service for high risk Domestic Abuse perpetrators, along with support for victims/survivors. The service will run for up to 20 months from award date, expected to take place July-August.

Originally announcing the funding, Matthew said: “This funding announcement will support the delivery of two important projects which will tackle prolific perpetrators of medium and high harm abuse, as well as reducing reoffending and increasing the safety of victims and those at risk across Thames Valley.

“Stalking and domestic abuse can have devastating impact on victims.  It is vital that in addition to supporting those victims, we look at interventions to tackle the abusive behaviours of perpetrators in order to prevent further harm.

“I look forward to monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of both projects, and the impact they will have in breaking the cycle of abuse for victims.”

The Drive Project has been independently evaluated as being successful by its focus on priority high-risk or serial perpetrators, both male and female aged 16 and over, who currently have a low level of engagement with existing services. Referrals will be sought through operational policing methods and project partners, such as local authority social care services. This will improve outcomes for victims and children across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.

How to apply

Interested organisations can find out more details and apply by visiting the Grants and Funding webpage.

Applications should be emailed to partnerships@thamesvalley.police.uk by 12noon on Wednesday 12th July 2023.