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“Blossoms” Survivor group is a group where women come together after they have completed the “Making Changes” workshop.

The group work comprises of, some theory work around the impact of DV and art/craft/fun to enhance the well being of women. Just because a women have had support and understanding around the dynamics of domestic abuse from outreach and workshops from splitz, this is not the end of the journey. It is the beginning.

Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership supported and agreed to re-commission a specialist high risk service for people experiencing DVA and at risk of further harm.  Funding was committed by Wiltshire Council’s Public Health and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), and supports the delivery of the DA strategy and the Police and Crime Plan. 

Through our outreach service we aim to help victims of domestic abuse overcome their difficulties and improve safety for them and their children. One to one support is provided at a safe place of your choosing and you have an option to attend group sessions.

Making Changes is a workshop for women who have experienced domestic abuse in the past or who are currently in an abusive relationship. The programme aims to increase knowledge of domestic abuse and how it happens.

The workshop provides an opportunity for women to come to terms with, and understand, their own lived experience; to overcome their personal challenges; to explore the impact domestic abuse can have on their lives and that of their children.

The Buddy Scheme is a mentoring and befriending service which currently has a very experienced, full time project coordinator and 19 trained volunteer mentors (or buddies) who, after receiving full training from us, each support between one and three service users at any one time.  They do this in the form of weekly, one to one visits in the service user’s home for around an hour.  Usually these relationships last for around 4 – 5 months, but this is very much an average and we have relationships which can be a good deal longer or shorter.

The Turnaround Programme is a voluntary group for male perpetrators of domestic abuse who wish to change their abusive behaviour. It is delivered in Trowbridge and Amesbury in Wiltshire and funded by the Big Lottery. The programme is nationally accredited by Respect and is an intensive 25 week modular programme.

The programme comprises 5 separate modules on: physical respect; emotional respect; sexual respect; the impact of domestic abuse on children; and the re-building of trust and respect. The programme strength is in its modular nature. Each module lasts 5 weeks and is facilitated by a man and a women who model respectful behaviour towards each other. Each module is likely to have a mix of established and new attendees, working together in a group setting where men learn from and challenge each other.

Splitz Support Service is one of only 10 organisations nationally who are currently delivering an accredited DVPP (Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme) programme. Splitz was a contributor to the Mirabal study and the European Daphne Project. Splitz assesses its programme using rigorous risk and assessment tools, developed in conjunction with the University of Bristol.

Brief History

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.

Integral to our perpetrator programmes is the safety of the ex-partner and the childern. To promote this safety we have an integrated women's safety service. The women's safety worker helps the ex-partner to develop a safety plan and monitors the impact of the programme on the family.

This service is only available to the (ex)partners of men on our perpetrator programmes. If this doesn't apply to you and you still want support contact us, you may be eligible for one of our other services.

Under review.

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