Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes

Aristone Solicitors offer professional consultancy for individuals considering taking part in Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes (DAPP). If you have any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility or would like to discuss DAPPs in more detail, please contact Aristone Solicitors for an obligation-free initial consultation.

What Are Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes (DAPP)?

Organised by a variety of local councils and authorities across the UK, Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes are designed to help those who have been abusive towards their partners or ex-partners make important positive changes in their lives.

DAPPs give those who wish to fully rehabilitate with the opportunity to build meaningful and respectful future relationships. Taking part in a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes can be extremely beneficial for the perpetrators themselves and any loved ones, friends, ex-partners or children their behaviour may have affected.

Suitability for Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme participation is assessed on a case by case basis – contact Aristone Solicitors for more information if considering signing up for a DAPP.

What to Expect from a DAPP

Each Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme operates in a slightly different way, though follows the same basic format. Groups of individuals (usually 6 to 12 participants) meet on a weekly basis for approximately six months, with each session lasting around 2 hours.

Those taking part in a DAPP will all be in similar life situations and have similar backgrounds, enabling them to come together in a non-abusive and non-judgmental environment. It’s typical for two experience facilitators to oversee the sessions, often alongside a ‘champion’ – an individual who has completed the programme and significantly improved their life as a result.

Topics and areas of focus covered over the course of a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme will usually include the following:

  • The benefits and importance of acknowledging and accepting how your behaviour affects other people
  • How damaging it can be to blame others for your own negative behaviour and how to put a stop to it
  • The devastating consequences controlling behaviour and abuse can have on those subjected to it
  • The extent to which abusive and inappropriate behaviour can have long-term consequences on children of all ages
  • Helpful guidelines, tips and techniques for managing anger and preventing the escalation of arguments
  • The importance of getting to know your own unique triggers and reactive behaviours to better control both
  • How negotiation and open discussion often hold the key to addressing disputes and difficult situations in relationships

The authority organising and overseeing the programme will provide a complete overview of the topics to be covered, prior to the first meeting going ahead.

Referrals and Course Costs

Anyone interested in attending a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme must first be referred to the provider by the courts. A decision will be made regarding the appropriateness of the referral based on the unique circumstances and background of each case individually.

As Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes are considered a court ordered activity, there is no cost whatsoever for taking part.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your potential suitability for participation in a Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme, we can help. Likewise, the team at Aristone Solicitors can provide the representation you require to ensure you receive the referral you need to take part.

For more information or to discuss the potential benefits of Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes in more detail, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today.

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