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Funding to Break Cycle of Domestic Abuse in Warks

A vital service to break the cycle of domestic abuse in Warwickshire has been given the backing of the Big Lottery Fund today with a grant of £428,110 to the Domestic Abuse Counselling Service.

The grant will enable a new project to be launched, the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Project, with the aim of preventing domestic abuse by tackling the route causes of the problem.

The funding is from BIG's Reaching Communities programme, which aims to help those most in need and build stronger communities.

The aim of this new project is to reduce repeat victimisation and work towards building family relationships. This project will provide a free, easily accessible programme of one-to-one counselling to perpetrators of domestic abuse in order to challenge their patterns of behaviour and reduce abuse of the vulnerable in Warwickshire.

Therapy will be offered after an in-depth assessment to ensure there is a willingness to change. The programme offered will be in blocks of 10 sessions, up to 50 in total, and includes workshops and cognitive tasks. The service will be offered to male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse within a heterosexual or same sex relationship.

Kate Farmer, Service Manager at Domestic Abuse Counselling Service, said: 

"We are dedicated to reducing intimate partner abuse/violence in our community by offering a program of individual counselling to men & women who are being violent or abusive, who want to change."

"Our aim at DACS is to increase the safety of those who are suffering from the impact of domestic abuse and to help the abuser to STOP being violent and abusive."

This vital and much needed funding will help us to 'break the cycle of abuse' by enabling us to offer services to both victim and perpetrator.  This new service will be available to all those who recognize that their negative behaviour and pattern of relating is impacting on their intimate relationships children & family and want help to change.

Along side this program, we will run a 'partner support program' for partners of those on our perpetrator program.

I want to send a very clear message, that we have ran and will always continue to run, a county wide counselling service for victims of abuse.

We have dedicated counsellors in all area's available please ring 0845 0044075 to make an appointment.

John Taylor, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for the West Midlands, said: "This Lottery grant will ultimately help to establish greater protection to those at risk of domestic abuse by treating the perpetrators of violence. The Domestic Abuse Counselling Service will help perpetrators overcome their problems and go on to establish better family relationships."

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