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28 February, 2018

Pioneering work, ‘tackling violence against women and girls’, is featured by national charity Revolving Doors Agency

Revolving Doors Agency, a national criminal justice charity, has published a new report ‘Spotlight on Violence Against Women and Girls’ (VAWG). The report shines a light on the innovative work that Police and Crime Commissioners across the country are driving forward to tackle violence against women and girls.

Amongst the seven case studies highlighted in the report is the ‘Respect Young People’s Programme, an innovative programme which has been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan.

Harnessing the power of early intervention, the Respect Young People’s Programme offers young perpetrators of domestic abuse the chance to turn their lives around before they spiral into the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The programme is delivered by the Independent Domestic Abuse Service, a service provider for young perpetrators of domestic abuse, and works with children and young people to promote a behavioral change.

The Respect Young People’s Programme occupies a unique space in approaches to tackle violence against women and girls. While support arrangements are often in place for victims of domestic abuse, only 1 per cent of perpetrators get a specialist intervention that might prevent future abusive behaviour – the root cause of the cycle of domestic abuse.