Three Rivers secures funding to increase capacity for Domestic Abuse Service

17th December 2018

Three Rivers District Council has been awarded funding by the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board’s Criminal Justice Innovation Fund for its new Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Service. 

The £19k funding, allocated from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget, will allow Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership to support Herts Mind Network’s pilot project for a year. The money will go towards providing a part-time worker to sit alongside the Domestic Abuse Caseworkers, already funded by the Community Safety Partnership to expand the range of support they are able to offer to those involved in domestic abuse. 

The pilot project will be evaluated to assess the impact of the service on both perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse and the extent to which perpetrators are willing to engage with the service. 

Cllr Roger Seabourne said: “We are delighted to receive this fund and put it to good use. We want to do everything we can to prevent domestic abuse from happening in the first place.” 

Andy Stovold, Head of Community Partnerships added: “Our thanks to the Police Crime and Commissioners Office for helping us with our application. The much needed funding will help our partners continue to work together to ensure victims of domestic abuse have access to the help and support they need, and that perpetrators are supported to stop future abuse from occurring.” 

Julie Nicholson, Chief Executive Herts Mind Network said: “We are delighted to be developing this much needed service and grateful to the team at Three Rivers for their partnership and support.” 

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire said: “The Criminal Justice Innovation Fund presents an opportunity to pilot new initiatives and learn about how we can improve the system for victims, witnesses and perpetrators. I am delighted to be supporting Three Rivers District Council with funding for a part-time Domestic Abuse Perpetrator worker to help perpetrators change their behaviour and reduce reoffending.” 

Three Rivers District Council will receive this funding before the end of financial year. The next steps are for Herts Mind Network to recruit and fill the new role.