Restorative domestic abuse perpetrator programme (external evaluation)

Posted by on September 4, 2017 in Developments, Evaluation | 0 comments

Restorative domestic abuse perpetrator programme (external evaluation)

Restorative Thinking delivered our Restorative Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme in Cumbria from April 2015 – October 2017, as part of the Cumbria PCC’s domestic abuse project, ‘Turning the Spotlight’.

Relationships without Conflict 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 responsibility, resolve conflict and repair harm.

The Brathay Trust ran an evaluation of ‘Turning the Spotlight’ in Cumbria, April 2015 – 17, including a rigorous examination of the impact of Restorative Thinking’s  Relationships without Conflict (RwC) and a second intervention programme delivered as part of this project, Parenting without Conflict (PwC).  The full report is now available to download here.  Both programmes are also delivered in prison and probation settings.

Key findings of the report:

  • Relationships without Conflict gave perpetrators the skills to respond and not react. (p.3)
  • Feedback from Probation (CRC), Children’s Services, Youth Offending, staff from HMP Haverigg and Focus Families indicates good outcomes for clients on the Restorative Thinking Limited programmes. (p.11)
  • 88% of those surveyed who attended Restorative Thinking Limited’s Relationships without Conflict and/or Parenting without Conflict course reported changed behaviour. (p.13)
  • 78% of those who attended Restorative Thinking Limited’s Relationships without Conflict &/or Parenting without Conflict programme reported improved life chances. (p.14)
  • Emergent findings indicate that n=2 children whose parents attended Restorative Thinking Limited’s RWC & PWC programme are able to express their feelings within the home environment. Parents attribute this to improved empathic course facilitators who delivered material which supported them to develop better communication and parenting skills. (p.15)
  • Encouragingly, participants reported that the Relationships without Conflict programme helped them to start changing their behaviour. (p.23)
  • …feedback from prison staff stated that for one participant the Relationships without Conflict programme had helped him to become calmer and talk more appropriately to staff members and other prisoners. (p.24)
  • Feedback indicates that Relationships without Conflict programme delivered by Restorative Thinking Limited not only gave participants the tools to cope with everyday life it crucially provided a supportive space where people felt valued and safe. This is an example of ‘what works’ and should be replicated in future programmes. (p.25)

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about Restorative Thinking’s restorative domestic abuse perpetrator programme (Relationships without Conflict) and our restorative parenting programme (Parenting without Conflict).  Please contact Mrs Lesley Parkinson, Executive Director:  e-mail:


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