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We prepare Risk Identification Reports for statutory agencies, to assess the risks of domestic violence for mothers and children in cases where there is no court involvement. Evaluations show that social workers find these reports valuable: they help to inform Care Planning decisions and help in understanding domestic violence within a particular family.
Reports are prepared by our multi-disciplinary team, whose qualifications include: PhD Social Work, MSc Health Psychology and Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. All staff are trained in: practical skills and techniques in delivering perpetrator programmes and support services; risk assessment and risk management; and safeguarding procedures.
We prepare a Needs Assessment Report for statutory agencies to address the needs of mothers who are considered vulnerable because of domestic violence. This is suitable for cases where there is no court involvement.
For the Family Courts, we deliver Assessment Reports, which assess the risks of domestic violence and inform both public and private law proceedings.
Public law risk assessments are undertaken when care proceedings are under way or likely to be initiated. Assessment may involve: a risk assessment of the father; a vulnerability assessment of the mother; or a joint risk assessment incorporating both of these.
Assessments in private law cases provide an in-depth risk assessment of a father who is in the process of applying for contact with his child or children. Court Risk Assessment Reports are prepared by specialist assessors. DVIP Assessors have a minimum of four years’ experience of delivering treatment and assessing clients; training in domestic violence risk assessment; experience of giving evidence in court as an expert witness and at least a graduate-level qualification in a relevant professional discipline such as psychology or criminology.
This Respect Accredited groupwork programme has 26 structured sessions designed to help men to understand why they have used abusive behaviour, how they can change this, and how they can work towards respectful relationships with women.
The programme challenges men to take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming their partners or outside factors for their violence. Men are taught to critically assess their gender-based expectations of themselves and their partners. It is not an anger management or counselling group; it is designed specifically to address domestic violence.
The programme draws on a wide range of approaches including cognitive, behavioural, social learning theory, psychodrama, psychotherapeutic and relationship skills teaching. This enables us to create a challenging environment and at the same time offer support for personal change.
We deliver the programme in two stages. The first third focuses on ending physical and sexual violence. The remaining two thirds focus on ending other forms of abuse and developing relationship skills.
Groups run on a rolling programme with a new intake every six weeks. Sessions last three hours and are held weekly in the evenings.
We run a fortnightly follow-on group for men who have completed the programme. Sessions last for two hours. They provide ongoing support for men to maintain changes they have made and encourage non-abusive and respectful behaviour.
A note about individual work: In our experience, individual work is less effective than groupwork. It does not provide the same opportunities for supportive confrontation, or for men to learn from each other and break the silence that many abusers create. We only offer individual work to men who are already attending a group or who need extra support – for example because of language or literacy difficulties, because he is considered a suicide risk, or because we have particular concerns about his partner’s safety.
Women need different types of support so our service is flexible. Women choose which elements to use and when. The service is free to all women referred to us, or whose partner is referred to us.
We focus on helping women to improve their own and their children’s safety. We enable women to explore their experiences of domestic violence and gain more control over their lives. We offer support, safety planning and information, and promote realistic expectations of our work with her partner or ex-partner. We advocate on women’s behalf to statutory agencies.
We proactively contact every woman whose partner is referred to the Violence Prevention Programme, by phone and with an information pack. We stay in touch with all women clients through regular phone calls. If there are specific concerns for a woman’s safety or her children’s safety, we make contact a priority and take all available steps to minimise the risks.
We offer the following to all women referred to us for linked support:
We offer a specialist programme for women who are perceived to be unable to protect themselves and their children from domestic violence, and who face the possibility that their children will no longer be resident with them.
It focuses on factors that leave some women particularly vulnerable to re-assault. It aims to help women plan and act to improve their safety and their children’s safety. The programme consits of 10 group sessions and 10 individual sessions, followed by a review.
To refer a woman to this programme, the Family Court or Local Authority must direct her to attend and confirm funding with the family court team. This programme is available for those in care proceedings or pre proceedings if accompanied with a vulnerability assessment, which can be completed alongside or before the programme.
This is provided through our Al-Aman Project.
We offer support to any Arabic-speaking woman who lives in London and experiences domestic violence from her partner or ex-partner. Support includes safety planning, telephone support, and one-to-one support sessions.
We support Arabic-speaking men who have been violent and abusive towards their partner or ex-partner and want to end their abusive behaviour. We refer men to the Violence Prevention Programme, and we work with individual men if they cannot participate in the group.
A leaflet for Social Services. Information about risk assessments and vulnerability assessments.
An evaluation of DVIP’s Arabic speaking intervention & support service
A toolkit for professionals working with Arabic speaking clients & communities
For Social Services – cases where there are no care proceedings
Referral form for professionals
For Social Services – cases where there are no care proceedings
For Social Services- cases in care proceedings
For all statutory agencies