Evaluation of the Drive Project – A Three-year Pilot to Address High-risk, High-harm Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

University of Bristol

The Drive Project launched in April 2016 and has been piloted in three areas across England and Wales (Essex, South Wales and West Sussex) from 2016-2019. It has been developed and run as part of a partnership between Respect, SafeLives, and Social Finance in collaboration with the PCCs, local authorities, and service providers with additional funding from the Home Office, and delivered by DVIP (division of Richmond Fellowship), Hampton Trust, Safer Merthyr Tydfil, and the Change Project. The evaluation work was funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

The pilot programmes are funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, Comic Relief, Tudor Trust and the Police and Crime Commissioners in all three areas. The project has also benefited from local authority support. The replication sites which launched in 2018, are funded by the Police Transformation Fund, local authorities and PCC support.

The University of Bristol, acting as independent evaluators for the pilot, have now reported on their third year findings from Drive. The aim of the University’s first year’s feasibility study was to determine whether the intervention could be safely delivered and ensure that sufficient data could be captured to enable evaluation. The Year 2 evaluation was an interim report assessing outcome findings to date and developing a deeper understanding of the model. The final evaluation demonstrates that Drive is reducing harm to victims, including children, by targeting perpetrators of domestic abuse.