Lancashire

Domestic abusers offered advice in Lancashire

People who carry out domestic violence in Lancashire are being offered advice on how they can take responsibility for their behaviour.

The "Wake Up" scheme aims to help abusers control their anger and develop an understanding of their behaviour.

It has been set up in Preston, where there were more than 2,600 reported domestic violence incidents this year.

The programme, launched this week, is being run by Preston Police and Preston Domestic Violence Services.

It is aimed at men and consists of six sessions each lasting three-and-a-half hours each.

It is for those who have concerns about their behaviour towards a partner, ex-partner or family member and have committed a domestic abuse offence but have no previous convictions.

'Not worth it'

One man who enrolled in the programme spoke about his reasons why.

"I've got a fantastic fiance and I've got three fantastic kids, and I had to weigh up whether me being the way I was was worth losing them," he said.

"It's not. They mean everything to me, and I'm not going to lose them because of my stupidity."

Det Insp Jonathan Holmes from Preston Police's Public Protection Unit said: "Domestic abuse can devastate families and relationships and we are keen to work with individuals who use such violence to help them manage their behaviour in the future.

"The programme has been developed in partnership with other agencies, allowing a joined-up approach to tackling the issue and an integrated service to be delivered, which we hope will ultimately result in a reduction in offences.

"I would encourage those who think they may benefit from the course to call for more information. Only by taking responsibility for their behaviour can these individuals stop the harm that they cause to people around them."

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