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Project details

Reduction type

Attitudinal Change


Area

South Yorkshire


Funding amount

£38,375


Purpose

The use of SmartWater with victims of domestic abuse could increase conviction rates, prevent further violent crimes and increase victim safety.

Quick summary

This is the first initiative in the country to use transferable SmartWater forensic marking products. 48 Domestic abuse victims have received SmartWater.


This is the first initiative in the Country to use transferable SmartWater forensic marking products. Over 800 items of equipment have been purchased ensuring longevity to the project and the ability to support many victims over the coming year.

The project also involves notifying the perpetrator that SmartWater is being used and offering them the opportunity to change their behaviour through participation in a voluntary perpetrator programme delivered by South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company.

Early indications suggest that victims do feel safer and to date there have not been any new offences reported for the 36 SmartWater protected families.

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