'Pioneering' domestic abuse programme extended

6 August 2018, 07:15

Domestic abuse

A programme combating domestic abuse in Scotland is to be extended to six further local authorities.

Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, Highland, Fife, and Dundee City, in partnership with Perth and Kinross, have been awarded funding to roll out the Caledonian System, which works to rehabilitate male offenders while supporting and improving the safety of women and children affected.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said the £2.8 million injection will double the "pioneering" programme's potential capacity to reach offenders.

The scheme sees men convicted of domestic abuse offences participate in sessions lasting at least two years.

Mr Yousaf said: "Evidence shows men who have completed this programme posed a lower risk to their families while women felt safer, so I am pleased this innovative approach will be more widely available for courts to consider."

Local authorities already running the programme include Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Dumfries and Galloway.