ALDCS, London council, Respect and SafeLives have secured funding from MOPAC to support the delivery of an early interventions programmed for those who are at risk of perpetrating domestic abuse within families already in contact with social services.

COVID-19 and lockdown has increasing stain on individuals and families, in many cases escalating the risk of domestic violence and abuse. Respect has seen an increase in the number of people who are calling their phonelines not because they are experiencing abuse, but are experiencing increased conflict in the home, which could descend into abuse and violence.

In response to this, Respect/SafeLives will be delivering an emergency wrap around intervention to individuals who have been identified as being on the cusp of perpetrating abuse, this intervention will be designed to fully assess risk and potential for abuse alongside offering support and tools to help them manage their thoughts and behaviour in the longer term. Temporary alternative accommodation may also be offered to this individual, creating safe space to enable and appropriately respond to any further disclosure of abuse. 

The aim of this intervention and accommodation pathway is to:

  • provide a presentative intervention and potentially alternative accommodation for a temporary period until the added tensions of lockdown have eased.
  • reduce the risk of perpetration during lockdown have ease
  • increase safety of families member
  • identify any additional previously unidentified risks or abuse and manage appropriately

This is a novel intervention, drawing on expertise developed through the delivery of Drive and Safe and Together.

Funding for this initiative is being provided by MOPAC for a period of 6 months. this temporary accommodation element is being managed by the London Brough of Camden. 

For more information contact [email protected]  

Categories: COVID-19, Domestic abuse, Housing, Perpetrators of domestic abuse
Respect is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1141636, and a company, number 7582438. Registered address: The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA.
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