At Community Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services, we have worked with perpetrators of domestic violence since 2013. We have run since then the Phoenix programme in the Boroughs of: Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Richmond and Kingston, we have acquired vast experience with a high degree of success. During the 5 years we have worked with 358 perpetrators of DV with a success rate in completion and significant improvement of 68%.
The programme is based on the core element of DV perpetrator intervention of behavioural change, on the following principles and research findings:
1. Perpetrators who receive treatment, whether in prison or in the community have a lower reconviction rate than those who do not receive treatment;
2. Mandatory treatment has similar levels of impact as voluntary treatment;
3. Programmes that offer a combination of group and individual work is more effective;
4. Perpetrators of DV must take responsibility for their violent behaviour, the behaviour was learned and can be unlearned;
5. Violence against women and children is unacceptable and perpetrators are accountable for their abusive behaviour;
6. Will assist perpetrators to change by recognising that use of violence is a choice and challenge any denial, justification or blaming of others (while treating them with respect);
7. Will seek to understand the complexity and different paths that may lead up to violence and how perpetration factors may be disrupted at the societal, institutional, community and individual levels;
8. Will be tailored towards different “types” of perpetrators (based on background, personality and attitudes);
1. Improved relationship between the perpetrator and partner/ex-partner, which is underpinned by respect and effective communication;
2. An enhanced awareness of self and others, including an understanding of the impact that DV has had on their partner and children;
3. An increase in the perpetrators’ perception of the severity of their violence, a large proportion of perpetrators do not see their violent behaviour as a crime, but as “normal behaviour”;
4. An increase in assumed responsibility by perpetrators for violence, often perpetrators blame the victim for provoking their violent or abusive behaviour and avoid so taking responsibility;
5. A reduction in the risk of recidivism by identifying individual psychosocial factors linked to the perpetration of DV. The programme is expected to have a positive impact also on the families, including:
1. Safety and freedom from violence and abuse for women and children;
2. Safe, positive and shared parenting;
3. For children, safer and healthier childhoods in which they feel heard and cared about.
Takes measures to maximise programme retention and completion;
Takes into account the different sources of motivation at intake/initial assessment and monitor this throughout the programme.
The programme can be accessed by any residents of the 5 London Boroughs that we cover, Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond, aged 16 years old and over, with a history of perpetrator of domestic violence.
We maintain a very simple referrals process. While any professional can contact CDARS for a referral, anyone who feels at risk can call the service via:
Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 0203 8728217
Or to speak directly to the Programme Manager, or leave a message at:
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