Lancashire Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Program
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).
• 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 LDAPP@relatelancs.org.uk
To download a copy of the Lancashire Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme Client Referral Form please see the links below: