Domestic Violence Perpetrators
AIM: Identification and implementation of best practise in the management of perpetrators of domestic violence, particularly focussing on serial perpetrators.
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
- Created and funded the Positive Relationships Programme which is delivered by the Community Rehabilitation Company and provides a 12 week course to perpetrators of domestic abuse. Conditional cautions have recently agree which will result in some perpetrators being required to attend this programme as part of the conditions of the caution. More information and how to make a referral is available on the programme leaflet.
Thames Valley Police
- A pilot between Criminal Justice in Thames Valley Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and Judge Sheridan at Aylesbury Crown Court to fast track domestic abuse in the Crown Court has been academically reviewed by Huddersfield University. Following the successful pilot, work is ongoing towards national implementation if agreed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), CPS and the Judiciary.
- The Thames Valley Police Integrated Offender Management (IOM) cohort is now at a record 312 offenders, of which almost a quarter are domestic abuse related (currently 67 people). IOM now manage all violent and/or dangerous offenders as classified under MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements).
- Protocols for domestic abuse conditional cautions have been agreed between with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following consultation with national CPS domestic abuse lead. This will allow the police to mandate an offender to attend a perpetrator programme as part of the conditions of the caution.
- Neighbourhood Policing Teams continue to develop work around the management of violent and/or dangerous offenders and creating greater interaction regarding domestic abuse offenders.
- Local Policing Area's are actively engaged in Operation Vocal (with a focus on the high risk offenders being managed within the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit (DAIU) with a focus on arrest and prevention.
- In South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse LPA, a multi-agency domestic abuse problem solving forum has been implemented. In monthly meetings, the partner agencies identify high-demand perpetrators of domestic abuse through analysis, and offer them options to stop their behaviour. This approach has shown a reduction in the risk score of those who have engaged, and three perpetrators who have not engaged are currently in custody or awaiting trial.