Offending is one of the four project criteria for Opportunity Nottingham.

We work with other services in Nottingham City to provide help and advice, and hope to contribute to the reduction of offending and re-offending via changes in the behaviour of our Beneficiaries.

Offending involves any criminal activity or behaviour. It can be frequent, sporadic or a one-off action. Types of criminal activity include anti-social behaviour, burglary, assault, manslaughter, rape, murder, false imprisonment, fraud, arson and Domestic Abuse.

Domestic abuse involves an incident or pattern of incidents in which the perpetrator displays coercive, controlling and/or threatening behaviour. The abuse can be emotional, sexual, financial, physical and psychological, and the perpetrator can be male or female. Domestic abuse fits into the offending criteria of the Opportunity Nottingham project.

People will commit crimes for a number of reasons. It could be due to their background and experiences in childhood, they could need money for a variety of reasons (such as to pay off debts, or to purchase drugs or alcohol if they are suffering from substance misuse), or they could be acting in revenge or even self-defence.

Re-offending occurs when a person continues to commit acts of crimes after trial, sentencing and punishment have occurred.  The 'need' for drugs and alcohol often play a large part in re-offending. As substance misuse increases, a person may commit more crime to obtain money to purchase drugs and alcohol. Probation or community rehabilitation services will work with offenders to reduce their likelihood of re-offending. This can involve treatment plans to address any specific issues the offender may be experiencing, for example substance misuse and mental ill health. Giving back to the community is also a commonly used scheme whereby, offenders undertake unpaid work that is of benefit to the local community.