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Hull City Council awarded £300k to help tackle domestic violence - 07/07/17
Hull City Council has been awarded £300,000 to develop an intervention programme designed to support young men in Hull aged 16-17 who are at risk of becoming abusers – the first of its kind in the city.

The Respect Young Peoples Programme (RYPP) will undertake targeted group work to challenge attitudes and encourage young men to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions, to reduce the risk of offending.

The award will expand the successful ‘Strength to Change’ programme to a younger demographic, where those carrying out the abuse can voluntarily join the scheme in order to try and change their behaviour and attitudes towards their partners.

It will also allow for specially trained staff to work closely with schools and colleges in the area to try and identity young men who may be at risk, or those who have been referred by partner organisations, their families or self-referral.

Vicki Paddison, Strategic Domestic Abuse Services Manager at Hull City Council, said:

“This funding is a great boost for the Domestic Abuse Services and will provide a crucial element of a forward-thinking programme designed to tackle the cycle of domestic abuse.

“By working proactively with younger people who harm it will follow in the footsteps of the successful ‘Strength to Change’ programme, and will ultimately feed into our wider service which supports vulnerable women and girls.”

The grant was awarded as part of a £17m investment from the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service Transformation Fund, after a joint bid between the Community Safety Partnership and the Hull Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) was submitted in February 2017.

Tracy Harsley, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said:

“We are committed to tackling domestic Abuse across Hull, and we take a zero-tolerance approach to violence against women and girls.

“We’ve recognised that there are different levels of domestic abuse across the city, not only within intimate relationships, but also adolescent to parent abuse as well and this funding opportunity will also give the partnership the opportunity to offer support to families as well.

“The programme will ensure that the safety of women and girls, and their children is core to this, and will work closely with Targeted Youth Support, Youth Justice Service, Youth Services, Early Help and Women’s Aid to make sure this happens.”

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