A Behaviour Change programme for Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and Abuse
RCT’s Time to Change is a bespoke behaviour change programme for men who perpetrate Domestic Violence and/or Abuse that can run for up to a maximum of 6 months. The core programme is designed to raise awareness and to develop understanding; with an intense focus on transformation and change for those requiring that level of intervention. The programme is made up of a menu of bespoke interventions and will be accessible to all men who want to stop their abusive behaviour. There will be some out of hour’s provision available for those who are employed.
Time to Change incorporates Male Freedom and Respectful Relationships, which form 2 core elements on the journey that men progress through to acknowledge that they are indeed abusive to their partner. Male Freedom is designed to raise beneficiary’s awareness around unwanted behaviour and potential triggers, whilst Respectful Relationships promotes understanding by examining the human need for relationships; highlighting specifically how a man’s individual needs often take over in the relationship and frequently manifests as controlling and entitled behaviour that is detrimental for the woman and children. The remaining programme is made up of an array of intense 1:1 sessions and tailored group work activities, selected from a menu of interventions (see table below). We are able to refer men into our In-House holistic Counselling service where that level of emotional need exists.
The programme will provide support to the female partners via interventions designed to focus on their needs by a female Key Worker. They will be contacted following the man’s Initial Assessment and undertake specialist 1:1 work focusing on Understanding and Recognising DVA; Acknowledging an Abusive Relationship; Safety Planning. Further they will be crucial in providing weekly feedback about their partner’s behaviour in a safe and supportive environment, which will enable the Worker to tailor the most appropriate intervention approach for the man that week. Referral into specialist DVA programmes delivered at RCT for children of the participant will be provided.