ReachOut Awarded for Reducing Family Violence Reoffending

24th of November, 2016

A real highlight of 2016 has been seeing ReachOut, our early intervention, proactively offered service for men using or at risk of causing family violence, publicly acknowledged for its success in reducing family violence.

In May ReachOut received two awards at the national Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Awards. These awards recognise long-term, sustainable crime prevention and reduction. ReachOut, developed in partnership with Canterbury Police, won the award for excellence in reducing repeat victimisations and also received the Supreme Award across all categories.

Based on analysis of Police data, the reoffending rate in the North Canterbury region in the three years prior to ReachOut’s introduction was 18%. This was sustainably reduced to 1.4% (a 92% drop) in the three years following the service’s introduction there in 2012.

In October, Aviva and New Zealand Police presented ReachOut at the 2016 international POP conference in Arizona, USA. ReachOut was also selected as one of only seven out of 27 finalists to be shortlisted for the major Herman Goldstein Award. Whilst ReachOut missed out on winning that award, results were very close and the presentation was highly commended. The judges were rightly impressed by ReachOut’s success in making families and communities safer.

Thank you to everyone who has supported ReachOut over the past four and half years. Most of all, congratulations to all the men who have used the service to enhance their own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of those closest to them.