Our experienced team of professionals work with perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse to guide them through a process of change, which addresses their behaviours and attitudes. Through a combination of group work and one-to-one sessions the programmes aim to prevent reoffending. They are focused on self-reflection and creating tangible outcomes that can help perpetrators to build a pathway for change.

Domestic violence has an impact on the whole family, so we have dedicated Domestic Abuse Safety Advisors who support victims of domestic violence and help them to access other relevant support services.

You can contact us to enquire about any of these programmes.

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"Thanks to the course I now have a better relationship with my ex-partner, the mother of my children."
Participant from a programme for domestic violence perpetrators

PROGRAMMES FOR PERPETRATORS

This programme uses proven evidence-based models for change to target the behaviours of men who have committed offences of violence or abuse against their current or former female partner. We help them to take positive and tangible steps to prevent reoffending.

What makes the programme effective?
  • It helps Service Users gain a better understanding of the impact of their aggression on their partner and children.
  • It uses a multi-agency approach.
  • Domestic Abuse Safety Advisors are available to provide support and advice to the victims of the men sentenced to BBR, including helping the victims to create a safety plan.

How is this programme delivered?
It consists of 30 sessions involving group and one-to-one sessions.

This is 12-week programme for men who have been abusive within an intimate partner relationship. It consists of 12 group work sessions that help participants to achieve a better understanding of why they use violence and aggression in their intimate relationships.

What makes the programme effective?
  • Develops participants’ awareness of the attitudes and beliefs that underpin their behaviour and the factors that reinforce that behaviour.
  • Encourages participants to identify and build on their strengths and skills to change their behaviour.
  • Provides a safe, respectful, stimulating and challenging environment, which facilitates change and motivates participants to engage and learn. Such as using group discussions and interactive exercises that are relevant to the participants’ own situations.
  • Helps participants to develop practical and sustainable strategies for maintaining change once they have completed the programme.
  • Addresses the impact of abuse on families.
  • Promotes equal, supportive and safe behaviour in intimate relationships.

 

Issues that participants will explore
  • What is a healthy relationship? Our own roles.
  • Learning that I am in control of my own behaviour.
  • Taking responsibility for my behaviour without blaming others.
  • Understanding the impact of violence and abuse on my partner and children.
  • Recognising emotions and how to manage them.
  • Learning how to notice when I am becoming abusive and how to stop.
  • Learning respectful non-abusive ways of dealing with difficulties in my relationship.
  • Understanding assertive behaviour and communication.
  • Negotiation and listening to build a respectful relationship.

FIRST TIME OFFENDERS

This is designed for perpetrators of domestic abuse who have come into contact with police for the first time. It offers men a chance to reflect on their behaviour and the impact of abuse on their families. It is a motivational awareness-raising course rather than a behavioural management or change programme.

What makes the programme effective?
  • There is an emphasis on assessing and managing risk for the victim, so contact is made with them to decide the most appropriate services for them to access.
  • Evidence has shown positive outcomes for programme participants.

How is this programme delivered?
The programme consists of two whole day events delivered 2 to 4 weeks apart.

CHILD-CENTRED PARENTING

Our job is to help children live in safe and loving environments, free from violence or abuse. Our Caring Dads programme addresses this by working with fathers who have been neglectful and abusive in their parenting, by helping them to build better family relationships using a child-centred fathering approach.

This programme is co-delivered with social services colleagues to address the behaviour of men who are neglectful and abusive fathers, and who have been assessed as medium or high risk to their children and/or partners.

Note: This is a child-centred fathering programme, not a perpetrator programme.

Fathers on the programme learn how to:
  • Recognise unhealthy, hurtful, abusive and neglectful behaviours.
  • Problem solve in difficult situations and better manage their frustration.
  • Use alternatives to punishing their child(ren).
  • Use a fathering style that prioritises the needs, wellbeing and development of their child(ren).
What makes the programme effective?
  • The child-centred fathering approach prioritises children’s needs and above all their safety.
  • The programme involves contact with the mother to ensure family relationships are addressed in a holistic way.
  • Promotes respect and support for children’s relationship with their mothers.
  • Participants are placed in a Caring Dads fathering group, which allows them to share their own experiences and ways to move forward.
  • Individual cases are managed collectively with other relevant agencies so that Caring Dads complements and enhances existing efforts to end men’s use of violence in their families.

How is this programme delivered?
This is a 17-week programme, which primarily involves group work with some individual sessions.

"There has always been someone I can talk to and they took notice of what I had to say."
Victim supported by a Domestic Abuse Safety Advisor.

SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS

We have trained specialists who offer confidential non-judgemental support and advice to individuals who have experienced domestic abuse. They work with a variety of agencies to ensure that victims receive all the necessary support to both overcome their traumatic experiences and to plan for a better future. They work with Probation staff, Police, courts, social services and local support agencies.

DASA work with women whose partners or ex-partners are completing one of our rehabilitation programmes for perpetrators of domestic violence. Referrals for DASA are also received from the Family Courts (CAFCASS), local authorities and self-referrals from individual victims. We also offer a service to men who have been abused, and to those in same-sex relationships.

Each victim is designated a Domestic Abuse Safety Advisor.

Advisors help to:

  • Assess the victim’s risk of violence or abuse from their current or former partner.
  • Help them to build personal safety plans.
  • Empower the victims to take action by linking them with local specialist support services.
  • Offer emotional support to women and provide regular updates on progress that their partner/ex-partner is making on one of our perpetrator programmes.

This course is focused on the safety and wellbeing of victims. It provides a confidential and problem-free environment where they can share their experiences and devise a safety plan.

The course comprises of 8 workshops, including 2-hour sessions on: definitions, legal rights, boundaries & assertiveness, children & parenting and financials.

Participants will:
  • Discuss the risk that their partner’s or ex-partner’s behaviour may pose to them and their family.
  • Devise a safety plan to ensure their own safety and that of their family.
  • Receive advice regarding any criminal proceedings involving their partner/ex-partner.
  • Assist them in contacting agencies such as the Police or Social Services.

For further details about our support for victims please contact the Domestic Abuse Safety Advisor Manager: 07889 646847.

One-to-one sessions will also be available for those unable or unsuitable for group work.

Note: In case of an emergency, victims should still contact 999.

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