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Sutton Council launches programme to work with perpetrators of domestic abuse

Published Friday, 19th February 2021

Sutton Council launches programme to work with perpetrators of domestic abuse

Sutton Council is pleased to be working with partners including the Drive partnership, Rise Mutual CIC, the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan Police Service, as well as across boroughs with Croydon Council in its efforts to tackle domestic abuse by working with perpetrators.

The Drive project, developed in 2015, responds to high-harm, high-risk, and serial perpetrators who repeatedly offend with the same or new victims. In Sutton, there are at least 250 known perpetrators causing high risk to victims, and of these, many are repeat offenders. Often, perpetrators of domestic abuse have more than one victim. 1 in 4 perpetrators are repeat offenders. Some have as many as six different victims.

Drive works to protect victims and survivors by challenging perpetrators to change their behaviour while working with partner agencies to disrupt abuse and remove barriers to change.

The Home Office Perpetrator Fund and MOPAC are providing funding for the programme already running in the London Borough of Croydon to be expanded into the London Borough of Sutton. Sutton Council will work with the Drive partnership and Rise Mutual CIC to deliver the programme in Sutton from 1 February 2021.

Councillor Jean Crossby, Lead Member against Domestic Abuse at Sutton Council said:
“We are really pleased to be taking a holistic approach through the delivery of the Drive programme for people perpetrating abuse in Sutton. Since 2017 we have invested with partners across the borough, heavily into improving services relating to domestic abuse. This programme specifically for perpetrators challenges and supports them to change.”

“Tackling domestic abuse in our borough is a priority of the Sutton Plan. We need to work together to prevent violence and make sure our communities and homes are safe for everyone.”

We are ambitious for Sutton to remain a great place to live, work and raise a family and are determined to reduce domestic abuse.”

Kyla Kirkpatrick, Director of Drive, said:
“We warmly welcome the opportunity to work with Sutton on the rollout of Drive in their area and as our latest partners. Our aim is to ensure victims-survivors are made safer, sooner, by responding to those who cause the harm – the perpetrators. We look forward to working with Sutton Council, the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime, Rise Mutual CIC, and across partner agencies, to protect victims and survivors and to prevent and end abuse.”

Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said:
“Domestic abuse has risen during lockdown – home is not always a safe place. The Mayor and I are determined to do everything in our power to tackle offenders and ensure victims and survivors get access to the support they need quickly.

“We are clear that perpetrators of domestic abuse must be held to account and challenged to stop their abusive behaviour – particularly at this time when so many victims are at home isolated and at risk of further harm. Through an intensive, coordinated and multi-agency response, the Drive programme is challenging serial and high harm domestic abuse perpetrators to change their behaviour. I am really pleased that it is now up and running in Sutton, alongside Croydon.”

There are a number of resources that people who are affected by domestic abuse can access locally. For general signposting and information about what to do if you are affected by domestic abuse, visit www.notaloneinsutton.org.uk.

Transform our specialist domestic abuse service provider can provide support on 020 8092 7569 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or email transformsutton@cranstoun.org.uk.