Police call to ‘Stop the Hurt’

‘STOP THE HURT’- that’s the message from police and partner agencies ahead of Sunday’s (November 25) national White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Day encourages men to wear a white ribbon to signify that they will never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against woman.

As part of the event police are raising awareness of the independent ‘Stop the Hurt’ programme aimed at providing support and specialist treatment for domestic abuse offenders.

Terri Zeferino, Centre Manager at Relate Peterborough, said: “The ‘Stop the Hurt’ programme is about offering independent support and guidance to domestic abuse offenders with the aim of preventing future offending and protecting victims.

“Often the focus of domestic abuse work is about providing support to victims and it’s vital that this continues but we must also find ways of preventing offences from happening.”

Det Insp Trudie Skeels said: “The course is aimed at low to medium risk offenders and is already underway in Peterborough, where we have received positive feedback from those taking part.

“It is completely confidential and run by an independent charity with no police involvement.”

The programme runs for 16 weeks and involves weekly workshops aimed at men aged 18 and over. People can self-refer or be referred by partner agencies.

In January a course will run in Cambridge with space for 12 men and a third programme is planned for later next year.

For more information about the programme call 01733 568551 or email info@peterboroughrelationshipsupport.co.uk