Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP)
DV-ACT provides a structured domestic abuse prevention or perpetrator programme (DAPP) delivered by trained, experienced domestic abuse treatment practitioners. This work can now take place remotely using video call technology (with Zoom or similar) giving access to parents across the UK. All DV-ACT programme work includes partner support and a full final report by an expert risk assessor, ensuring that parties are fully informed of the progress made.
The programme is designed to work with perpetrators in the UK where the family court or local authority has concerns regarding the risk of harm to children due to domestic abuse and the perpetrator is unable to attend a group programme (this could be due to a lack of provision in the area, language difficulties, female perpetrator, same-sex relationship or waiting lists putting the intervention outside of the children's timescales).
The programme is suitable for those who:
accept that at least some of their behaviour is/has been abusive
have some motivation to change their behaviour
are willing to attend and complete the full programme
do not have any pending criminal proceedings for domestic abuse
are not already attending a programme with probation.
You can get a quick view of whether your client is likely to be suitable for this intervention here. Please go to our information pages for further information for professionals and clients.
If you would like to refer yourself to the programme or see if you are suitable please complete this form.
Features of the DV-ACTION Bespoke DAPP
A focused programme of work is delivered by a dedicated domestic abuse prevention treatment specialist.
Sessions are tailored to cover specific areas of concern and to meet the requirements of the child protection plan.
One to one sessions are delivered remotely across the UK and are available to those who require an interpreter or who have additional needs.
The work is recorded accurately and reported upon completion to help inform the child protection plan.
Confidential support will be offered to current/ex-partners of parents who attend our programme.
Programme session content
As sessions are delivered on a one to one basis, there can be a particular focus on specific areas of concern raised by the courts or to meet the requirements of the child protection plan.
The programme will cover all the topics usually delivered within a DAPP including:
Strategies for reducing violence
Analysing feelings and behaviour
Motivation to change
Power and control
Sexual respect and intimacy
Positive self talk
Attitudes towards women.
The programme consists of 18 sessions delivered on a one-to-one basis remotely using a video calling app (such as Zoom) by an experienced DV-ACT treatment worker. Further sessions can be added if required at the discretion of the treatment worker. Sessions will then take place weekly with an additional session towards the end of the programme where the expert assessor will meet with the client in order to complete the final assessment report.
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Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme
Through 18 intense sessions, DV-ACT experts aim to move the client to a position where they can take responsibility for their abusive behaviour and make positive steps towards change.
They will also work on increasing their awareness and understanding of abuse, how this affects victims and their children and applying this to their own behaviour.
Find out if your client is suitable by clicking on the button below.