Services supporting victims of domestic abuse have been given a £60,000 boost by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Philip Seccombe visited the new officers of the Domestic Abuse Counselling Service (DACS) in Bedworth this week, to present the charity with funding from his Commissioner’s Grants Scheme. The money will be focused on two main areas of reducing the risk to people becoming repeat victims and encouraging perpetrators to change their behaviour.
DACS has provided counselling services for the past 11 years and the new funding will allow the charity to expand its outreach programme and also provide services from its second base in Stratford-upon-Avon, ensuring increased county-wide coverage.
Currently, DACS provides counselling for around 100 victims and 40 perpetrators each week. Victims receive free one-to-one therapeutic intervention sessions, to help them understand the risks they face, the long-term effects domestic abuse and to help them plan for the future.
Perpetrators are helped to understand their pattern of offending and its effect on loved ones, whilst learning strategies to improve self-control and resolve conflicts.
Kate Farmer, Chief Officer of DACS said:
“This funding allows us to be where we are most needed. The money that we have been given for perpetrators’ services will also allow us to put a counsellor out in the south of the county for the first time. That will definitely help people who wanted to come and access our services before but couldn’t get to us here in Nuneaton or Bedworth, so it will remove that block.
“For victims, it will allow us to respond as fast as we possibly can to those that need us the most. These are the most vulnerable and the most at risk, who need our help straight away.”