ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has welcomed charity funding for a new scheme which aims to tackle domestic violence by working closely with the perpetrators.
Rochdale Connections Trust, a charity which helps young people get their lives back on track, has received a £115,500 grant from Comic Relief to run a dedicated male perpetrator programme.
The money will fund the project for three years and RCT hopes to work with between 150 and 200 men during that time.
The scheme is voluntary and perpetrators must refer themselves in order to be eligible for the year long programme.
Support and advice will be offered via a series of intensive one to one sessions, group activities and mindfulness exercises.
The programme will be run in conjunction with Rochdale Borough Council who will second a member of staff to work alongside RCT.
RCT Chief Executive Kathy Thomas said: “We can work with the victims of domestic violence and offer support, but if we don’t work with the perpetrators then we can’t get to the route of the problem.
“This is based on a similar project in Hull and people there were amazed by some of the results.”
Mr Danczuk said: “Domestic violence is a serious problem in every community and I have seen from my weekly surgeries what a devastating impact it can have on families.
“Rochdale Connections Trust is an excellent charity with well-trained and dedicated staff.
“I am delighted they have received this funding which will be used to tackle domestic violence by challenging the perpetrators on their behaviour giving them the support the need to reform.”