An American domestic violence model to be introduced in a London borough

  • A programme that was first piloted in San Francisco with a track record of breaking the cycle of domestic violence is set to be introduced in a London borough. Male Silhouette

    Harrow Councils will become one of the first local authorities in the UK to use the American Family Domestic programme, which has seen much success in breaking the cycle of generational domestic abuse, reports 24dash.

    Councillors have approved the £200,000 funding required to set up the programmes, which uses a holistic approach to tackling domestic violence by bringing families together to confront abuse.

    Another aim is to highlight the unacceptability of domestic violence and encourage people to report it.

    A range of therapeutic, educational and support techniques along with community peer pressure are the methods that have proven to work in breaking the cycle of abuse.

    Councillor Margaret Davine, portfolio holder for adults and older people, said: "It is unacceptable for women and girls to be subjected to violence of this type. Unfortunately this is rising in our borough. As a councillor I am determined to do all I can to prevent this abuse, which is largely hidden behind closed doors. With domestic violence, what we see is a lack of willingness for women to come forward, because they are afraid to do so. But we can and will help. Domestic violence affects entire families, including children, and it is only right that even with cuts to local government budgets we are prioritising tackling domestic violence. That is why I am so delighted to see this council commit £200,000 to expand our current services. I know money is only part of the solution, we need people in the community to stand up and report these acts."

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