Blunt utensils replace kitchen knives to save lives

Around a hundred "no-point" knives will be given to victims of domestic violence Credit: BPM Media

Nottinghamshire Police is piloting a scheme where victims of domestic violence will have their kitchen knives replaced with blunt utensils, to help stop partners attacking them in their own home.

Around a hundred "no-point" knives will be given to victims who have either been threatened or attacked with a knife.

It comes as police say they're concerned about the high numbers of knife-related incidents in the home. They say the new scheme could help save lives.

"We are trialling it to see if it makes a difference. Sometimes you have to trial things to see if they work.

Superintendent Matt McFarlane, the new knife crime strategy manager for Nottinghamshire Police
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of 900 reports of knife crime were related to domestic violence in 2018/2019

Those being given the knives need to agree to have their knives replaced.

Police say they will be given out in "appropriate high risk domestic situations".

"I think it is 100 per cent positive. In a domestic setting if they are determined to hurt you then they will. To have a blunt knife in my situation it would have taken that risk away. It is like you are taking away their options and the more you can take away the better. Sometimes, leaving is not an option."

Fiona, domestic abuse survivor
An image of two of the adapted utensils Credit: BPM Media

"We do see a fair amount of knife-related incidents in domestic abuse not just on the streets. This is a measure we need to take. We want to reduce that risk. It is a trial. We have about a 100 of them - and we have so far given out about 50.

Superintendent Matt McFarlane, the new knife crime strategy manager for Nottinghamshire Police

"Having safer implements in the home can reduce injuries and save lives.

Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner

Get help and support for domestic abuse here: https://www.itv.com/news/central/2018-11-29/help-and-support-for-domestic-violence-victims/