Domestic abuse rehab scheme extended in Scotland
The Caledonian System, which works to rehabilitate offenders, has received a £2.8m boost.
A programme combating domestic abuse in Scotland is to be extended to six further local authorities.
The Caledonian System works to rehabilitate male offenders, while making women and children safer.
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said the £2.8m injection will double the "pioneering" programme's potential capacity to reach offenders.
It is now being rolled out in Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, Highland, Fife, and Dundee City, in partnership with Perth and Kinross.
The scheme sees men convicted of domestic abuse offences participate in sessions lasting at least two years.
Mr Yousaf said: "Evidence shows men who have completed this programme posed a lower risk to their families while women felt safer, so I am pleased this innovative approach will be more widely available for courts to consider."
Local authorities already running the programme include Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Dumfries and Galloway.