This is a 25 week group work programme that was developed by Irene Wettone from the Hampshire Probation Service in 1995 after 6 months research and is based on the Duluth Batterer’s Programme which was developed in America in the 1980’s.
Wiltshire Turnaround Programme
- Splitz started their 1st group in Salisbury in February 2005 and 2nd Group in Trowbridge in September 2005.
- Wiltshire also has 2 Relapse Prevention Groups (RPG) 1 In Salisbury and 1 in Trowbridge these run monthly.
Gloucestershire Turnaround Programme
- We run 1 group in Cheltenham.
- We currently run 1 group in Exeter.
- To promote and ensure safety of victims and their children and to prevent/mitigate the risk of reoffending.
- Promote change in abusive/harmful behaviour.
- Work collaboratively with other agencies to manage risk constructively.
Splitz Support Service was awarded Respect Accreditation on 7th April 2014.
Once a referral has been received the perpetrator is contacted and he is given a mobile number to contact (this helps to assess his motivation) for attending the group. Due to the current waiting list men are asked to contact the coordinator on a weekly basis by text/phone.
There are up to 2 pre-group assessments which will to be completed prior to commencing the group. These will take between 3½ and 4 hours.
There is a very comprehensive Risk Assessment which has to be completed prior to the man starting the group. Risk is continually monitored during the programme.
At the end of each module the Coordinator, Paloma Coordinator, Woman’s Safety Worker and Group Facilitators meet to reassess risk and manage it. An individual risk register is also completed for each couple. If an incident occurs during the module risk is re-assessed immediately. The safety of women and children is paramount.
We work as part of a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) and will share information with the relevant organisations as and when necessary. We expect information to be shared with us.
Where there are domestic abuse issues in a relationship and the children are on a Safeguarding Plan or CIN Plan, due consideration should be given to have separate meetings with the parents so the victim can share without concern what has occurred. To not do this often means the victim will either minimise what has happened or say nothing in the perpetrators presence. To have joint meetings may escalate the Risk.
We will try to attend Child Protection Conferences/Core Group Meetings if the child/ren or step children have a Safe Guarding Plan in place.
Is a 25 week rolling group work programme with 5 modules of 5 weeks.
Module A – Physical Respect
Module B – Intimacy and Sexual Respect
Module C – Emotional Respect
Module D – Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children
Module E – Rebuilding Trust and Respect
Group Members (GM) can start at the beginning of any module.
Format for the Group
Each session is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. We aim to run groups for 51 weeks each year (this depends when Christmas falls).
The men sign a contract and confidentiality form prior to starting the group. At the end of each module a report is completed by the 2 group facilitators, which is then seen and signed by the GM.
Each GM will have a 1 to 1 meeting with the Coordinator every 8 weeks to look at his end-of-module reports and his control logs.
He will also complete the Daphne Outcomes Measuring Tool at the Start, Middle & End of Programme.
We also provide reports on progress of a GM if requested by LA, CAFCASS, and Solicitors etc.
Support for Victims
GM must provide details of their partner or ex-partner prior to starting the programme. If they do not they cannot attend the group. The victim will be offered support by the Women’s Safety Worker whilst her partner or ex is on the group.
The group is always run by 2 facilitators normally a male and female. Groups can be run by 2 females but this upsets the gender balance. On rare occasions it can be run by 2 males. A group is never run by 1 person.
Every week there is a place available for a professional to observe the Group. Their role is as a silent observer to see how the group work process works. Observers complete Confidentiality Paperwork prior to observing the group.
Relapse Prevention Group (RPG)
On completion of the 25 week programme the men attend a monthly RPG for up to 12 months. Whilst attending the RPG the men will meet with the Programme Coordinator for a 1 to 1 at least every 3 months, to review their progress, update their individual action plan and complete the 1 to 1 questionnaire.
Devon DVPP contact Mike Bedford