In2Change have received £19,817 from the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit in the latest round of funding.
The funding will provide engagement opportunities to address a change in the attitudes of young people across South Yorkshire who are displaying aggressive and negative behaviour and who are experiencing domestic abuse.
In their bespoke premises located at Neepsend, Sheffield, In2Change will provide one to one sessions using a trauma informed approach to raise the awareness of the different types of domestic abuse and educate the young people, to encourage safe, nurturing and stable relationships between the young people and friends and family members.
At a recent visit to In2Change, Dr Alan Billings took a chance to meet some of the staff and volunteers on the funded programme. He said: “We realise more and more that if we are to reduce domestic abuse and its impact on families, we need to challenge and change male attitudes and male behaviour.
“I believe the activities In2Change run will help us to do some of that.
“I was particularly encouraged by the commitment of the staff to make a difference based on their mix of academic research and personal experience.”
In2Change have recently re-located to Rutland Hall that has been refurbished by community payback to include a recording studio, fitness, gym, health and beauty salon and a full drama set that includes a kitchen scene, street and park set-up for real life scenarios to be played out.
Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit received a tour of the premises on his visit. He said: “Ending domestic abuse is one of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit’s priorities. It is therefore always good to see how the Violence Reduction Fund is helping to prevent harm to others in this way.
“It was a pleasure to meet the staff and volunteers at In2Change and to hear how passionate they are about engaging with the young people. They not only encourage them to understand domestic violence, but also coercive control. This is one more step towards ending violence in the home.“
Dr Billings and Graham Jones met with Brian Wreakes, Jack, Karen, Enrika and Sophie on the visit, who each bring a mix of lived and academic experience to the programme.
Brian Wreakes, Centre Manager for In2Change said: “Raising awareness of the impact of crime and victims through our purposely designed centre and experienced team, means we can make a change for the better.“
If you would like further information on In2Change, you can visit their website – https://www.in2change.org/