We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
1. What funding, if any, has been paid to Wearside Women In Need by the Home Office and/or Treasury and/or Department for Communities and Local Government and/or Northumbria Police?
2. In particular, has any funding been given in relation to a project run by Wearside Women In Need called HEAD, which deals with perpetrators of domestic violence? If so, how much was given and when? What conditions were the payments made under and what checks were carried out to see if those conditions were met?
We released the following information on 07 December 2012.
The Invest to Save Budget programme was set up by Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) to promote innovation and better working together by organisations
Wearside Women in Need (WWIN) were awarded a three year grant by HMT for their Domestic Violence Perpetrators In Sunderland project (The ‘Head Project’)
The objectives of the project were:
1. Increase the rate of reported domestic violence incidents that result in criminal justice sanctions
2. Increase the use of existing powers and procedures by local Child Protection services to protect and support victims of domestic violence
3. To utilise all points of contact with local health services to identify and support victims of domestic violence
4. To utilise all points of contact with local housing services to identify and support victims of domestic violence
5. To increase the rate at which domestic violence incidents result in the imposition of sanctions that focus on, and are perceived as meaningful by, perpetrators of domestic violence
6. To increase local and national understanding of the potential impact of existing powers, procedures and available sanctions on victims’ satisfaction, safety and exposure to repeat victimisation
The project fell into two main strands
• Establish outreach services for male perpetrators of domestic violence alongside opening a hostel for male perpetrators that was clearly linked to associated victim services with the primary goal of enhanced victim safety.
• Establish “Back on the Map” outreach services in Hendon and East End of Sunderland (25% match funding)
Home Office paid a grant of £348,567.96 to WWIN in April 2011, on behalf of HMT, upon production of an end of project report which was provided by WWIN in March 2011. This report was sent to HMT for their records.