Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme
GROUP WORK PROGRAMME
There are two types of DVPP
Criminal justice based programme and voluntary community based programme.
The criminal justice based programme is an intense 24 week programme with risk assessments provided to the courts.
The voluntary community based programme is a 24 week programme where statutory sectors and Children’s Service can make a referral, self referrals are also accepted. To ensure the programme runs smoothly and safely, a risk assessment and management plan will be undertaken.
DMAT will work closely with all organisations and attend meetings to provide an update on the participates progress and commitment to change.
DMAT also work with victims of the perpetrators to ensure their safety. DVPP programme is delivered in Liverpool for clients in Cheshire, Chester, Sefton, Wirral, Halton & Knowsley & throughtout the UK in some circumstances.
DVPP works across Merseyside with adults and children affected by domestic violence. This service is aimed at supporting positive long term change and promoting the construction of healthy relationships. We work in partnership with a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies.
Agencies work together to try new approaches.
When agencies work together to create policies and procedures that interweave together, the whole system works in coordination to more effectively hold perpetrators accountable. Each agency has a part in identifying and rectifying gaps that hurt women. Each agency can do its job better.
It keeps women safe because it is developed from their own voices of experience. Sometimes policies or plans that are developed and thought to help women who are abused actually cause more harm than good. The Duluth Model approach keeps the voices of victims central to any policies or plans that are made by including victims and the advocates who work closely with them in all decision making.
We realise that to keep women safe, we have to help abusive men change!
The Duluth Model is successful because it is grounded in the experience of victims, helps offenders and society change, and pulls the whole community together to respond.
When the Duluth Model first began, women told us that they wanted us to work with their partners—that helping their partners change is what would most keep them safe. So, we began nonviolence courses to help abusive men look more closely at their actions, intentions and beliefs and the effect their actions had on their partners and others. Because it helps men get to the core of their actions and beliefs, our men’s nonviolence programme is the most replicated programme for men who abuse in the world.
It has been tested by research and replication.
Research has found that by applying all the components of the Duluth Model, 68% of offenders who move through the criminal justice system and men’s nonviolence classes do not reappear in the system eight years out. Communities worldwide that have adopted components of the Duluth Model have also found significant reductions in re-offense rates.
Domestic violence perpetrator Programme (male) delivered primarily as group work.
Domestic violence perpetrator programme (male) 1-2-1 delivery where individuals are unable to access the group.
Consultation with victims and children
The programme will be based on Duluth Model.
The object of the programme is designed to help men stop abusing by achieving five objectives:
1. To assist the men to understand that his acts of violence are a mean of controlling his partners actions, thoughts and feelings by examining the intent of his acts,
2. To increase the man’s understanding of the cause of his violence by examining the cultural and context in which he uses violence against his partner.
3. To increase his willingness to change his actions by examining the negative effects of his behaviour on his partner, relationships, his children and his friends, and himself.
4. To encourage him to be accountable to those he hurts through his use of violence by helping him acknowledge his abuse, accept responsibility and take specific steps to change.
5. To provide him with practical information on how to change abusive behaviour by exploring non-controlling and nonviolent ways in relating to women.
The programme will be provided by two facilitators one male and one female both experienced and trained by Duluth, Minnesota in DVPP. The facilitators have over 35 years social work experience working with some of the most vulnerable children and families within its communities.
The group will consist of 10-15 males. Before they commence the programme they will have to undertake an assessment to ensure this is the right programme for them. To participate in the programme the person will be expected to give consent for police, probation and social services to share all information to the facilitators.
The facilitator will also meet with the partners or ex partners of those who are completing the programme and if still in a relationship they will have regular discussions with the facilitators. Each participant will have a record which will have their personal achievements and goals, also information on their input and participation on the programme.
Reports can be provided to the courts, social services and probation if required.
DVPP will deliver perpetrator programm's in venues across the UK. Our training is based on the Duluth model and can be delivered over 7 days, evenings and weekends.
Referrals will be accepted from the courts (within private and public proceedings), probation services and social services. Risk assessments can be completed upon request. Facilitators will attend any meetings with agencies to provide an update on the progress of the participant.
The facilitator will look at the wheels below:
A Video from Scott Miller outling the wheels
The wheels are an overview of the structure, themes and description of the teaching tools used.
During the programme there will be role plays and short videos played and
Participants will be asked to describe the behaviours and analyse the
During the 24 week programme the facilitator will cover a number of topics
Negotiation and fairness
Honesty and accountability
Trust and support
Power and control
Using male privileges
Using emotional abuse
Using economic abuse
Minimizing, denying and blaming
To accept responsibility and look at own behaviour and cultural beliefs.
The participants will be shown short films and discussions will take place, they will also take part in role playing, one being the abuser and one
being the victim.
After each session the participants will be expected to complete their own log and give examples of what they have taken from the session and how they felt.
Domestic violence affects children and women.
The Duluth wheel (how violence affects children) will be amongst the tools that facilitators cover during the programme.
Post- separation Power and control will also be addressed
Using harassment & intimidation
Undermining her ability to parent
Discrediting her as a mother
Withholding financial support
Disrupting her relationship with children
Using physical & Sexual violence against mother and children.
Referral & Programme Timetable:
Application is by referral from statutory and non-statutory agencies. Social services in the voluntary and non-voluntary sector, CAFCASS Family Court Advisors, Family Court, or men can make a self-referral.
To request a referral form or if you have any enquiries please mail:
Once the referral is received, it will be reviewed – the applicant will be invited to attend a 1.5 hour consultation to assess their suitability for the programme.
Outcome's of DVPPs operating within a co-ordinated community response are:
Reductions in violent of future offending behaviour.
Reductions in risk of future violence of offending behaviour.
Increases in safety for victims.
Focus within community responses on the perpetrators causing the harm.
Increased motivation of perpetrators to change their behaviour and stay changed.
Increased skills and confidence by other frontline agencies to engage with and respond to domestic violence perpetrators.
For Programme costs and offers, please contact us.