Hampshire scheme is a fresh approach to domestic abuse

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TACKLING domestic abuse is the aim of a new programme being launched by police and local government.

The Hampshire-wide Domestic Abuse Strategy will involve setting up a single body to receive and record information on abusers, providing support for victims and training frontline practitioners.

Hampshire County Council’s executive member for communities, partnerships and external affairs, Councillor Andrew Joy said the programme offered a new approach to dealing with domestic abuse.

Cllr Joy 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.’

The programme is being led by the Hampton Trust, which has worked with domestic abuse perpetrators both in and outside the criminal justice system for 19 years.