Previously, victims and children of domestic abuse were removed from the family home and re-housed in a refuge, while the perpetrator usually stayed in the family home, so usually the victim returned to the perpetrator.
The Making Safe Scheme is a multi-agency initiative that provides positive intervention to incidents of domestic abuse. The scheme is the initiative of the Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Ryedale Domestic Abuse Forum and aims to address the number of repeat victims and repeat offending across the City of York and North Yorkshire. The scheme works with female and male victims and their family ensuring their safety is paramount.
Work with female offenders does apply to parts of the scheme and is identified within the appropriate sections within the making safe service protocol. Work is also undertaken with Male perpetrators in conjunction with the National Probation Service, Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP) that challenges the offender’s behaviour and encourages them to change it.
The project started in 2005 and is still running.
Last review: January 2014.