Restorative DA Perpetrator Programme

Relationships without Conflict

readingThis is a Restorative Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme, delivered over ten 2.5 hour sessions.  The programme is based on sound evidence and is congruent with the ‘What Works’ literature.  Relationships without Conflict is underpinned by DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) and developmental psychology.  It draws on restorative principles and skills, giving participants practical strategies to develop positive self-talk, take responsiblity, resolve conflict and repair harm.

The programme recognises that many participants have complex needs that CBT techniques alone cannot address, because they work at the cognitive level which is impacted by intense emotion.  

Relationships without Conflict uses Dialectical Behaviour Therapy techniques to build emotional regulation skills in conjunction with CBT.

The programme is suitable for those assessed as low/moderate risk of harm, both men and women.   The referral and assessment process allows the intervention to be matched with the age of behaviour development of participant/s.

Delivery of the programme is needs-based, tailored to the individual needs of those referred to the programme.  Participants are guided to engage with either 10 or 14 sessions, dependent on their needs.  All participants are provided with a  workbook to support their learning both during and after engagement with the programme.

There is rigorous monitoring of the quality of programme delivery and an evaluation of the impact made by the programme on repeat incidents of domestic violence.  This is being undertaken via an external evaluation by the University of Cumbria, and via Restorative Thinking Limited spot checks of programme delivery.

Supplementing the perpetrator programme is a parallel short programme for the spouse/partner, and a booklet containing information around what the practical outcomes from the perpetrator programme might be, introducing the spouse/partner to restorative strategies that can be adopted at home.

Comments from participants:

“An awesome course and workers. Massive respect.”

“Very informative – really good course and would recommend it wholeheartedly”.

“Really enjoyed it and a bit sad that it’s finished.”

Programme evaluation from the University of Cumbria will be uploaded to this site in due course.  For further information, please contact Mrs Lesley Parkinson at Restorative Thinking Limited.