In repeat incidents of domestic abuse, early intervention by trained engagement workers, to offer domestic abuse victims and their children with support and information regarding legal options and assistance accessing local services, will positively impact a number of outcomes. These include victim engagement in the criminal justice process, contact with perpetrators, victim and child welfare and health outcomes as well as satisfaction with the police. Such an intervention will offer greater empowerment victims to leave abusive relationships and ultimately reduce the cost, to both the public and respective households, of domestic abuse in the UK.
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The subject pool consists of households that:
550 cases in experimental, 550 cases in control.
Basic randomisation of a treatment group compared to a control group receiving services available through current procedures.
Control: services available through current Leicestershire Police procedures.
Treatment: There are two components to the treatment:
Information will be collected over the 365 day period following initial contact by the engagement worker.
All households: Number of police call-outs (made by the victim and made by a third party), participation with engagement workers, victim police statements (and withdrawal of statements), victim engagement in legal proceedings, and sentencing of perpetrators.
Households with children: school attendance, school exclusions and school completion.Self-reported by victims (collected via survey): Perceived safety/security/quality of life, awareness of and confidence in accessing support services, and ongoing relationship with the perpetrator.
Project 360: An intervention to address victim-police engagement in repeat domestic violence cases - Policy Report