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Blunt utensils replace kitchen knives to save lives

Around a hundred of these knives will be given to those deemed at risk 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.

Anything that stops someone being seriously injured is a good idea."

– Superintendent Matt McFarlane, the new knife crime strategy manager for Nottinghamshire Police
159
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.

The knife is blunt at the end - but still functions as a knife - so you can't stab someone.People will stay in a relationship after some serious episodes of domestic abuse.

They may stay together for children, get back together, or might get back together when they are out of prison."

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

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

It is important that we get the message across that the chance of being stabbed on the streets is low and there is a bigger problem around domestic violence.

"It is an excellent initiative. Some research shows that women are attacked around 19 times before they leave their home."

– Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner