Gang members, perpetrators and victims of violent crime are being protected in secure homes to assist them transfer away from hassle.
Demar is 14.
He is likely one of the younger folks residing in a secure home as a result of he was main a lifetime of crime, involving drug dealing and violence.
He has been stabbed seven occasions, and admits having violent and aggressive urges.
After being given someplace secure and safe to keep, he is now making constructive modifications so as to flip his life round.
Here, he tells Sky News about what issues have been like earlier than the secure home.
In major and secondary college I was getting in a lot of hassle. My mum tried to assist however she could not. She tried to present help for me however it by no means labored. I began to like being violent. I preferred to combat folks, I preferred hurting folks.
It all began when I received kicked out of faculty. I received despatched to a PRU (pupil referral unit) and I met folks doing all of the unhealthy stuff, so due to my traits I received into it fast. I was trapping (promoting medicine) and was doing issues they could not – I was promoting to folks and giving them offers and getting cash.
I was a bully mainly. Anyone I noticed who had one thing good, anybody I noticed who regarded like they wanted medicine I’d try to promote to them or I’d beat folks up and take their stuff.
I’d carry all types of weapons. Once my mum caught me with an eight-inch knife and she known as the police as a result of she did not know what to do. She was shocked.
But doing the kind of issues I was doing I wanted safety. You have to defend your self whenever you’re on the roads.
I was by no means afraid of doing violent issues.
One evening I met up with some associates and all of us received in a car.
We have been driving and noticed a bunch of boys on bikes and received into an altercation.
We tried to flip the car round and crashed. I was making an attempt to assist one in all my associates and I received stabbed in the course of all of it.
I did not know I’d been stabbed till I noticed blood pouring out onto my footwear and I received so dizzy. One of my associates known as an ambulance and I received taken to hospital.
I do not bear in mind a lot however I wakened and so they have been making an attempt to cease the bleeding.
It’s bizarre as a result of I by no means actually felt it till I noticed the blood after which I began to ache when I moved.
I by no means actually received scared. I was solely scared at any time when all of it caught up to me. I had a little worry however I would not present it.
I’m on the secure home now due to the way in which my life was.
I was actually shy when I first arrived right here however folks began warming up to me and we related a lot higher.
If I wasn’t right here I’d be deeper in it. The day I received stabbed I was planning on by no means coming again dwelling.
I was planning on residing in one of many homes of the folks I related to.
In these homes you are with everybody in that gang. You get up and also you go to the block till like 3am.
It’s so onerous to get out of it since you’re in so deep and an excessive amount of.
Knowing that info will get you in hassle.
But now I really feel decided to turn into one thing so I can assist my technology.
I really feel like I ought to be doing one thing. There is an excessive amount of demise.
I solely survived due to luck.