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|Title:||A chance to change|
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|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster Council and the Safer Stronger Communities Partnership have further extended services to tackle domestic abuse with the launch of an innovative new service aimed at changing abusive behaviour.
The Chance to Change programme is about encouraging people to challenge their abusive behaviour and seek help and support to change their lives. Through this programme, people from Doncaster will be given the specific tools needed to nurture healthy relationships and stop the cycle of abuse.
This early intervention approach is part of a wider domestic abuse strategy being implemented by Doncaster Council and partners to support the entire family and stop abuse.
Bob Sanderson, Strategic Lead on Domestic Abuse for Doncaster Council said: ‘The aim is to provide support at the earliest possible stage, before the abuse escalates or even before it starts. This means that people have to understand that abusive behaviour isn’t just about physical abuse such as hitting, it’s trying to control the other person, using threatening or intimidating language or behaviour. No-one should feel afraid of their partner or family member.’
The new Chance to Change service has been commissioned by Doncaster Council, and will be delivered by Foundation, who have already seen success in other similar programmes across the UK.
Foundation is a charity based in the North of England who work closely with a diverse range of partner agencies and organisations, and already have an established reputation for transforming troubled lives.
Paul Hardman, Development Director for Foundation UK, said ‘Foundation are delighted to have secured this opportunity to work with Doncaster Council. We look forward to working with partners across the area to help perpetrators of domestic abuse to change their behaviour leading to safer and happier lives for families and young people across the town.’
The Programme has received significant support from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, who lists prevention amongst his priority areas.
Tracey Cheetham, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner who is leading on the domestic abuse campaign on behalf of Shaun Wright said: ‘This year one of the Commissioner’s main focuses is protecting women and all victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can include anybody from all diverse backgrounds.
‘It is important to highlight the need for more work to go into protecting victims of abuse and those children who are growing up in homes where domestic abuse is part of family life. We need to educate these children that violence and abuse are not the norm or acceptable in our society. It is not necessary for them to carry on into their adult lives, the upbringing that they had. We must give these children the best chance of enjoying healthy relationships and understanding what that looks like.
‘Now is the time for everybody to act and play their part in stamping out domestic abuse once and for all. ‘
People who feel they could benefit from the new Chance to Change programme are encouraged to call 0800 470 1505.
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