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The government is being urged to set up domestic violence prevention programmes targeting offenders instead of victims. Dozens of charities, police forces and experts are backing the call for such schemes in England and Wales, after a pilot project reportedly led to a sustained reduction in abuse. The pilot scheme, Drive, worked with 506 prolific domestic violence perpetrators, aged 17 to 81. The Home Office said future legislation would promote perpetrator programmes. Drive, which operated in Essex, West Sussex and south Wales from 2016 to 2019, involved one-to-one counselling sessions with offenders - most of whom were white men while nearly half were involved in ongoing legal proceedings in the criminal or civil courts. Full story

21 January