Lancashire Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme

The LDAPP group program lasts 26 weeks and, as it is a rolling program, clients can join at any time. However, before joining the group the facilitator does three or four one to one sessions with the client to ensure ‘readiness’ for group work. We also refer to Women’s Services at the same time if there is a partner or ex-partner who needs support.

The programme is free of charge to clients when at least one partner (perpetrator or victim) lives in the Lancashire County Council area.

We currently run three programmes in the evenings for heterosexual male perpetrators:-

Lancaster – Tuesdays 6:00 to 8:00
Nelson – Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30
Preston – Thursdays 5:45 to 7:45

• The aim is to provide an intervention for perpetrators of domestic abuse. This support will:
• Reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse.
• Increase perpetrator and offender knowledge regarding the negative impact domestic abuse has on victims and Children and Young People (CYP).
• Reduce repeat incidents and reoffending.
• Rehabilitate service users and offenders.
• Safeguard victims and children and young people.
• Protect families and the public from domestic abuse.

• To work with other agencies (social care, police, providers of probation services) to recruit service users to the prevention programme.
• To work intensively with service users in order to recognise, challenge and change their problematic behaviours.
• To deliver a programme of direct work with groups of or individual service users where domestic abuse has been identified as a risk factor in their rehabilitation.
• Offer face to face, evidence based support to other domestic abuse services in relation to DA prevention programmes.
• To offer support, information, advice and guidance to families of service users engaged with the DA prevention programme and ensure integrated working supports safety planning for victims and CYP.
• To seek and utilise feedback from service users on the quality of impact of the service to further enhance and develop interventions throughout the period of the commission.
• To achieve Safe Minimum Practice accreditation from Respect and renew this annually.
• To produce a full evaluation report to share with Lancashire County Council (the purchaser).

Expected Outcomes:
• The overall outcome is to ensure a cessation or reduction in the level of domestic abuse perpetrated by service users. Upon completion of the programme, service users will have:
• Better understanding of their behaviours, including control, coercion and abuse, and a recognition of the negative impact that DA has had on their partner/ex-partner and CYP, and develop strategies on how to manage this behaviour.
• Better understanding of domestic abuse and how it affects themselves and others.
• Increased understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like and how they can maintain and develop healthy relationships now and in the future.
• Developed skills and confidence, including being supported to implement effective strategies, which enable them to negotiate healthy relationships for themselves.
• Improved communication and relationships between service users of the programme and their partners/ex-partners and families which is underpinned by respect.

We also accept Court ordered referrals from Cafcass for this Domestic Abuse Programme. 

For further information please call our head office on 01772 717597 or email us at

To download a copy of the Lancashire Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme Client Referral Form please see the links below:

Equal Partners Program

Who can attend?

The Equal Partners Program has been designed to offer one-to-one support to men who have concerns about their abusive behaviour towards their female partners. It forms part of a range of services offered to couples at Relate and is delivered to individuals who have engaged in acts of aggression or violence within the context of their intimate relationships.

Clients can be self-referred, or can be referred from a Relate counsellor or other professional. An assessment meeting is arranged in the first instance to determine suitability for the programme. During this meeting, the purpose of the programme is explained and the client is asked to sign a participation agreement to confirm that they understand and accept the aims of the programme.

Your Questions Answered

How long does the programme last?

The program consists of a minimum of eighteen one-hour sessions with an experienced Relate worker. Alongside this work, the man’s female partner is offered support work with a Relate counselor for the duration of the program and for some time afterwards if required.

What will be expected of participants?

Participants will be expected to attend regularly and punctually and to be actively involved in the sessions. There is an expectation that any ‘homework’ suggested by the worker will be completed on time.

What can clients expect to gain from the programme?

The programme helps men to develop empathy and respectful relationships. There are session to help with greater self knowledge and learning how to manage change. Help is offered in the recognition of a range of controlling and abusive behaviours which undermine the quality of intimate partnerships. Unhelpful attitudes and beliefs can be challenged and changed for the better and new goals for the future of the relationship can be set.

The program is designed to help clients to implement these goals and to gain strength to sustain new coping skills.

What is the cost of the sessions?

Relate is a not-for-profit organisation whose main source of income is client contributions. A financial contribution to the sessions is expected and this will be discussed fully at the intake meeting.

What couples have said about the program

“I can now see that when my partner says certain things she is not trying to wind my up; she’s just trying to get her needs met. I understand that she has needs too and so do the children.”

“I can talk openly to him now without any fear that he will get into a rage. He seems to understand me better.”

“I realise how close I was to losing the woman I love. I’m not surprised she didn’t want to be with me. The programme helped me to see that my behaviour was unacceptable and I learned to take responsibility.”