The National Lottery developed a new fund to provide funds for programmes that specifically supported Women and Girls. We had become interested in the question ‘Why doesn’t he just stop?’ as an answer to the question we were constantly asked ‘Why doesn’t she just leave?’ Research into Domestic Violence Perpetrator programmes led us to develop our Evolve programme for men who want to stop using coercive and abusive behaviours. We decided to use our Restored Programme to support women and children as the Integrated Safety Support element required by RESPECT, the National umbrella organisation for Domestic Violence Perpetrator programmes. Working in partnership with two other local organisations, we developed SHE (Safe, Healthy and Empowered) and won the first tranche of funding to deliver the project.
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