The Drive project is an illustration of our collaborative approach. It shows how different systems can work together to tackle the root causes of domestic abuse.

 

In order to stop the abuse, it is essential to address the behaviour of the perpetrator alongside ensuring the victim is supported. The public narrative must shift from “why doesn’t she leave?”” to “why doesn’t he stop?”.

The Impact Incubator brought together the leading experts tackling domestic violence to create a shared ambition and identify barriers to change. It formed a partnership with Respect and SafeLives to develop Drive. Alongside this, Drive’s development partners included the Police and Crime Commissioners, local authorities, leading foundations, support services, the voluntary sector, the police, the local prisons and children’s services.

This approach has led to a model which is based on the knowledge and expertise in each sector. Drive is now operating in three areas, Essex, South Wales and Sussex. It is supported by a blend of philanthropic, local and central government funding. Drive works closely with support services to ensure that the victims are safe. It engages with agencies such as the police or children’s services to gather information and understand the levers that can be used to change behaviours. It liaises with services such as drug and alcohol charities to ensure that positive outcomes are supported during the intervention and afterwards. A broad local response is essential to tackle domestic abuse.

Tackling complex issues is usually beyond the ability of any single stakeholder. The solution relies on bringing people together; but that doesn’t mean parties need to compromise on the outcomes. Drive only came into being due to the diverse commitments, visions and expertise of a diverse group of people. This was not collaboration for collaboration’s sake: rather, it was about building relationships around an agreed understanding of the issue, and using all the resources within that collective to develop the most effective response.

"Tackling complex issues is usually beyond the ability of any single stakeholder. The solution relies on bringing people together; but that doesn't mean parties need to compromise on the outcomes."

 

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