The Scottish government has set up a £2.8 million fund to support local authorities which adopt the Caledonian System.
The court-mandated programme works with male perpetrators, with the twin objectives of enabling them to address their behaviour and improving the lives of women and children affected.
Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: “The evidence indicates that men who completed the programme posed a lower risk to partners, children and others … Women also reported that they felt safer.”
The Caledonian System is not an alternative to prosecution, but is a direct alternative to custody. It currently operates in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Falkirk, North Ayrshire, and Dumfries and Galloway.