The multi-agency project will work with perpetrators of domestic abuse as well as their families with the aim of breaking the cycle of violence and helping people identify how they can change.
As well as working with those who afflict violence, the project will also help some key workers and members of the public to identify the signs of an abusive relationship and give them the skills to help intervene.
The project proposal was submitted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and will see the office work alongside long-running domestic abuse partners Cornwall Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and Devon County Council.
As well as £417,395 from Government, the project will also benefit from £215,959 in match funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and local authority partners.
Emily Owen, Criminal Justice Partnerships & Commissioning Officer for the OPCC, said: “The OPCC is proud to be involved in this bid and to work alongside such passionate partners.
“This additional funding will help us develop a programme of work to better understand perpetration and develop a series of interventions to prevent further harm.
“We know that this is an incredibly difficult time for those affected by domestic abuse and it is more important than ever that support is available.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Alison Hernandez, said: “The work and support on offer to those who have suffered domestic abuse is vital, but we will never break the chain of this violence without also focusing on the perpetrator.
“Intervening early and working with them and their families is crucial to helping them identify why they act in this manner and what changes they can make to alter their behaviour.
“This programme will also help members of the public and local communities to spot the signs of abusive or controlling behaviour and build the trusted relationships needed to intervene.”
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for services that support victims of domestic abuse, said: “We welcome this announcement for funding.
“We have seen a rise in the number of incidents reported during the coronavirus pandemic and we are working very hard with our partners to ensure that victims of abuse are supported.
“It is also important that we work with perpetrators of abuse to help them stop their pattern of abusive behaviour.”
Councillor Sally Haydon, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety said: “Thank you to our staff and partners who have worked so hard to secure funding for this crucial project.
“This project will focus on early intervention and the prevention of harm along with reducing re-offending. I am delighted that it has received this support to help us to address the challenges of domestic abuse.”
If anyone is experiencing domestic abuse, support is available through any of the following:
Plymouth Service: 0800 458 2558 or sanctuary-supported-living.com
Cornwall Service: 0300 777 4777 or firstlight.org.uk
Devon Service: 0345 155 1074 or splitz.org
Torbay Service: 0800 916 1474 or sanctuary-supported-living.com
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Victim Support 24/7: call 0808 1689 111 or live chat at victimsupport.org.uk
Police Victim Care Unit - 01392 476900