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  • Assessments, to inform both care planning and Family Court decisions.
  • Our group treatment programme for men: the Violence Prevention Programme. It is open to any man who identifies that he has a problem with his abusive or violent behaviour in his relationships with women. We accept referrals from statutory agencies such as Social Services and the Family Courts, who fund their referrals’ attendance. We accept self-referrals, who pay a fee based on an income-related sliding scale.  We also run a programme for residents of the London Borough of Barnet.

- whose partner or ex-partner is referred to our Violence Prevention Programme

- who are involved with the Family Courts, and who are referred by Social Services

- who are referred to our service for Arabic speakers, Al-Aman.

  • Our service for Arabic-speakers, Al-Aman.

 

About assessments

We prepare Risk Identification Reports for statutory agencies, to assess the risks of domestic violence for mothers and children in cases where there is no court involvement. Evaluations show that social workers find these reports valuable: they help to inform Care Planning decisions and help in understanding domestic violence within a particular family.

Reports are prepared by our multi-disciplinary team, whose qualifications include: PhD Social Work, MSc Health Psychology and Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. All staff are trained in: practical skills and techniques in delivering perpetrator programmes and support services; risk assessment and risk management; and safeguarding procedures.

 

We prepare a Needs Assessment Report for statutory agencies to address the needs of mothers who are considered vulnerable because of domestic violence. This is suitable for cases where there is no court involvement.

 

For the Family Courts, we deliver Court Risk Assessment Reports, which assess the risks of domestic violence and inform both public and private law proceedings.

Public law risk assessments are undertaken when care proceedings are under way or likely to be initiated. Assessment may involve: a risk assessment of the father; a vulnerability assessment of the mother; or a joint risk assessment incorporating both of these.

Assessments in private law cases provide an in-depth risk assessment of a father who is in the process of applying for contact with his child or children. Court Risk Assessment Reports are prepared by specialist assessors. They have a minimum of four years’ experience of delivering treatment and assessing clients; training in domestic violence risk assessment; experience of giving evidence in court as an expert witness and at least a graduate-level qualification in a relevant professional discipline such as psychology or criminology.

 

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About our Violence Prevention Programme

This Respect Accredited groupwork programme has 26 structured sessions designed to help men to understand why they have used abusive behaviour, how they can change this, and how they can work towards respectful relationships with women.

 

The programme challenges men to take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming their partners or outside factors for their violence. Men are taught to critically assess their gender-based expectations of themselves and their partners. It is not an anger management or counselling group; it is designed specifically to address domestic violence.

 

The programme draws on a wide range of approaches including cognitive, behavioural, social learning theory, psychodrama, psychotherapeutic and relationship skills teaching. This enables us to create a challenging environment and at the same time offer support for personal change.

 

We deliver the programme in two stages. The first third focuses on ending physical and sexual violence. The remaining two thirds focus on ending other forms of abuse and developing relationship skills.

 

Groups run on a rolling programme with a new intake every six weeks. Sessions last three hours and are held weekly in the evenings.

 

We run a fortnightly follow-on group for men who have completed the programme. Sessions last for two hours. They provide ongoing support for men to maintain changes they have made and encourage non-abusive and respectful behaviour.

 

A note about individual work: In our experience, individual work is less effective than groupwork. It does not provide the same opportunities for supportive confrontation, or for men to learn from each other and break the silence that many abusers create. We only offer individual work to men who are already attending a group or who need extra support – for example because of language or literacy difficulties, because he is considered a suicide risk, or because we have particular concerns about his partner’s safety.

New Substance Use & Aggression Programme

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Substance Use and Aggression Programme in association with Westminster Drug Project.  Please refer to Downloads for full information and referral form.

 

 

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About our services for residents of Barnet

For residents of the London Borough of Barnet, DVIP are delivering a Violence Prevention Programme within Barnet for adult perpetrators.  Partners and ex-partners of those individuals will be supported by Solace Women’s Aid.  Male victims within Barnet can also access support through our specialist male victim worker.

DVIP is also delivering Yuva services for 11-18 year olds in Barnet who are using violence towards partners or family members.  Please see our Young People page for more information.

These services can be accessed by calling 020 7633 9181 or emailing vpp@dvip.org.cjsm.net

 

About our Women’s Support Service

Women need different types of support so our service is flexible. Women choose which elements to use and when. The service is free to all women referred to us, or whose partner is referred to us.

We focus on helping women to improve their own and their children’s safety. We enable women to explore their experiences of domestic violence and gain more control over their lives. We offer support, safety planning and information, and promote realistic expectations of our work with her partner or ex-partner. We advocate on women’s behalf to statutory agencies.

 

We proactively contact every woman whose partner is referred to the Violence Prevention Programme, by phone and with an information pack. We stay in touch with all women clients through regular phone calls. If there are specific concerns for a woman’s safety or her children’s safety, we make contact a priority and take all available steps to minimise the risks.

We offer the following to all women referred to us:

  • Six sessions of one-to-one work, which we can extend according to her needs and circumstances.
  • One-to-one telephone support sessions as an alternative, for women who have difficulty attending in person. This may be because of children, a disability, travel difficulties or a controlling partner.
  • We encourage women to phone us when they need to. We provide telephone cover whenever possible; when we need to use an answering machine we return calls promptly.
  • A weekly support group, held in school hours. Sessions last for two hours. We encourage women to attend on a regular basis. Our facilitators encourage women to take responsibility for the group and the issues discussed, using a range of counselling, therapeutic and educational techniques.

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About our specialist programme for additionally vulnerable mothers

 

We offer a specialist programme for women who are perceived to be unable to protect themselves and their children from domestic violence, and who face the possibility that their children will no longer be resident with them.

 

It focuses on factors that leave some women particularly vulnerable to re-assault. It aims to help women plan and act to improve their safety and their children’s safety. It is usually 10 group sessions and 10 individual sessions, followed by a review.

 

To refer a woman to this programme, the Family Court or Local Authority must direct her to attend and confirm funding with us. They may refer women either together with a vulnerability assessment or after we have completed a vulnerability assessment.


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About our service for Arabic speakers in London

This is provided through our Al-Aman Project.

 

We offer support to any Arabic-speaking woman who lives in London and experiences domestic violence from her partner or ex-partner. Support includes safety planning, telephone support, and one-to-one support sessions.

 

We support Arabic-speaking men who have been violent and abusive towards their partner or ex-partner and want to end their abusive behaviour. We refer men to the Violence Prevention Programme, and we work with individual men if they cannot participate in the group.

 

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Downloads

Assessment pathways

For Social Services: a one-page summary guide to different types of assessment.

Substance Use & Aggression Programme Leaflet

Programme leaflet for residence of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Boroughs

Risk identification assessments and needs assessments for care planning

A leaflet for Social Services. Information about assessments for cases where there are no care proceedings.

Risk assessments for domestic violence in public law proceedings

A leaflet for Social Services. Information about risk assessments and vulnerability assessments.

Risk assessments for domestic violence in child contact disputes

Information leaflet for solicitors in private law cases

Al-Aman evaluation 2008-2012 

An evaluation of DVIP’s Arabic speaking intervention & support service

2013 Al-Aman toolkit for professionals

A toolkit  for professionals working with Arabic speaking clients & communities

 

Referral Forms

Referral form: Risk Identification Report

For Social Services – cases where there are no care proceedings

Substance Use & Aggression Programme Referral Form

Referral form for professionals

Referral form: Needs Assessment Report

For Social Services – cases where there are no care proceedings

Referral form: Public Law Risk Assessment

For Social Services- cases in care proceedings

Referral form: Al-Aman Arabic Speakers Services

For all statutory agencies

 

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