Hampshire authorities team up with police to stop cycle of domestic abuse

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AUTHORITIES are working together to try and change the behaviour of domestic abuse perpetrators.

Hampshire and Southampton councils have teamed up with police to come up with better programmes to stop violence and identify and assess who is causing problems.

The scheme will be led by the Hampton Trust, and local organisations will be appointed to carry it out, including include Baseline Training and Aurora New Dawn.

Hampshire councillor Andrew Joy, executive member for communities, partnerships and external affairs, said: ‘We have listened to stakeholders and victims of abuse who, quite rightly, pointed out that, in addition to the support for victims, there is a real need to get to the heart of the problem and find ways to help perpetrators change their behaviour.’

Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes added: ‘There is strong emerging evidence that this form of intervention can break the cycle of abuse and protect those who are most at risk.’