A programme helping men convicted of domestic abuse to change their behaviour is to improve, as figures revealed less then a third of Aberdeen men who started the course finished it.
The Caledonian System, created by the Scottish Government, is a court ordered two-year programme which aims to help domestic abuse offenders take responsibility for their behaviour and attitudes.
But a report into the Caledonian System, covering the past six years, has revealed just 30% of domestic abuse offenders from Aberdeen, all ordered to take part in the programme, have successfully completed it since 2010.
The latest figures show around 150 men from the area were sent on the programme between September 2010 and April 2016.
But less than a third of offenders – 46 – in Aberdeen successfully completed the two-year course in that period.
The report says: “Given the Caledonian Men’s Programme is a court-ordered programme, where a participant does not complete the programme this almost always reflects a breach in order.”
Now the scheme, which also offers support to women and children affected by domestic abuse, is set to receive additional funding from the Scottish Government. It will see the recruitment of a national team who will review current practice across existing hubs, including the North-east.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said the programme needs to keep evolving to meet needs.
He said: “It is vital that we provide programmes like the Caledonian System to challenge abusive behaviour in relationships effectively, prevent further abuse and change violent behavioural patterns.”