New initiatives to tackle domestic violence perpetrators using the Priority Perpetrator Identification Tool (PPIT)
Several police force areas in England and Wales are developing new ways of responding to domestic abuse perpetrators that incorporate the PPIT (Priority Perpetrator Identification Tool). The PPIT is an evidence-based method for identifying the most dangerous domestic abuse perpetrators with the aim of more effectively focusing multi-agency resources to reduce their offending. The PPIT was developed through a programme of research projects led by Amanda Robinson at Cardiff University with funding from Welsh Government, Wales Probation Trust, and the National Offender Management Service.
The Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI) has provided funding for research into the new PPIT initiatives currently underway in these police force areas: Hampshire, Dyfed-Powys, North Wales and Greater Manchester. Each area has approached the issue in a distinctive way, with variation across the sites in terms of the scope, partner agencies, and risk management strategies involved. The research includes the collection and analysis of qualitative data (interviews and observations with those involved in the strategic and operational delivery of the pilots) as well as quantitative data (perpetrator-level offending and PPIT data). Together, these data sources will describe how the pilots work in practice, illustrated through a number of case study examples from each site. The overall aim of the research is to increase understanding of the rationale and design of the PPIT and how it is being used in different areas to more proactively respond to domestic abuse perpetrators.
The research will conclude over the summer with a report made publicly available by September 2017.
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