1. ITV Report

Campaign to tackle domestic violence in Sandwell launched

A campaign to target people who commit family and domestic violence is being launched in Sandwell.

The ‘Brighter Futures’ scheme is being run by charity Fry Housing Trust along with Sandwell Council and Sandwell’s Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership. It will run over the next two years.

If we are going to reduce repeat incidents of domestic violence in Sandwell then it’s vital that we break the cycle of offending and place a focus on getting these people into perpetrator programmes."

– Rob Donath, Chief Executive of Fry Housing Trust

Men and women with a previous history of domestic violence, or those those thought to be at risk of committing acts of violence, will be referred to the scheme.

The programme is made up series of ten group or one-to-one sessions, delivered either on a group or one-to-one basis.

Approximately 5,000 calls are made annually to the police in Sandwell to report domestic violence and abuse incidents. During 2011-2013, one in five victims were repeat victims (with more than one incident being reported). At least eight in 10 victims are female and 85% of perpetrators are male. The majority of domestic violence incidents involve families with children.