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POSITIVE STEPS FOR A HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIP


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en who commit domestic abuse but want to make a positive change to their behaviour


are being urged to sign up to a Healthier Relationships Course, which begins from next month. The scheme, which was launched in March last


year, is run by the County Community Safety Unit (a joint unit between Hertfordshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire County Council) and the Hertfordshire Children Safeguarding Board. It is aimed at breaking the cycle of offending and encouraging men to make different choices about the way they behave with their families. Domestic abuse can include verbal, physical, emotional or financial abuse. Places are available for twelve courses, which


will run over the next 12 months, starting in April. The course is overseen by Paul Williamson,


Crime Reduction & Early Intervention Detective Chief Inspector, and facilitated by independent consultants Lydia Guthrie and Stephen Morris, who have extensive experience of working with men who have committed acts of domestic abuse. Paul said: ―This course is all about helping


men, who are involved in domestic abuse, to take the first steps towards a healthier relationship. The courses we ran last year were well received and they help men to recognise when their behaviour is turning abusive and promote non abusive behaviour. It‘s also about reminding


them of what the consequences of the abusive actions could be, such as the harm it has on their loved ones as well as the prospect of being arrested and charged. Paul added: ―Whilst we will continue to take


robust action against those who commit domestic abuse, it's hoped this scheme may help people make a positive change at an early stage to break the cycle of offending for the long-term.‖ F o r mo r e i n f o rma t i o n ema i l


ERDAP@herts.pnn.police.uk Victims of domestic abuse can get help and


support by calling the Domestic Violence/Abuse Helpline: 08088 088 088 or by visiting the Herts Sunflower website at www.hertssunflower.org.


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