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2nd July 2018

DVIP joins the Recovery Focus Group

Today, the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) announced that it has joined the Recovery Focus Group as a division of its largest partner, Richmond Fellowship.

For over 25 years, DVIP has delivered vital services and actively campaigned to end violence against women and girls. Today the London-based charity continues to provide essential services to hold perpetrators to account, end their abusive behaviour and support survivors to create greater space for action and safety for them and their families.

DVIP will work closely with other national partner charities involved in the Recovery Focus Group to identify new and innovative ways to support individuals and families affected by domestic abuse, mental ill health and drug and alcohol use.

Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Recovery Focus, said: “Today is an extremely exciting day for the Recovery Focus Group and we are delighted to announce DVIP as our newest Group partner. DVIP has a long and proud history of working with families affected by domestic violence and prides itself on leading campaigns to end domestic violence for good. We very much welcome DVIP to our Group and look forward to working with the team in the future to shape new ways of working which inspire recovery in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence.”

Marianna Tortell, Managing Director of DVIP, said: “DVIP is happy to confirm our new partnership with the Recovery Focus Group. Our new Group partners all share a passion and desire to support individuals and families affected by issues such as domestic violence and are committed to working alongside communities to inspire recovery nationwide. Those values reflect what DVIP has been working towards for over 25 years and we look forward to working with our new partners in the future to find new ways to improve the lives of the communities we support. As a proud feminist organisation for over 25 years, DVIP looks forward to working with our new Group partners to continue to work towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls”

DVIP joins Richmond Fellowship, the national mental health charity; Aquarius, the Midlands based drug and alcohol charity; and My Time, a division of Richmond Fellowship, as part of the wider Recovery Focus Group.

Formed in 2015, Recovery Focus is a Group of charities highly experienced in delivering services for people living with mental ill health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence to achieve their ambitions. All of the partners involved in the Recovery Focus Group believe that with the right support, at the right time, they can meet the shared vision of inspiring individual recovery nationwide.


1st September 2016

New DVIP Chief Executive Announced

Dr Marianna Tortell has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of DVIP. She will take over leadership of the organisation when Ben Jamal leaves in October to take on a new challenge after ten years at DVIP.


Ellen Storrar, Chair of DVIP, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Marianna as DVIP’s new Chief Executive just before we celebrate our 25th birthday in 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the domestic and sexual violence sectors, as well as strong skills and experience with developing partnerships with government, funders and other stakeholders. We are indebted to Ben for all his work for DVIP over the last ten years which has seen DVIP cement its reputation for providing innovative and effective responses to families affected by domestic abuse, and wish him the very best in the future. The staff and management committee look forward to welcoming Marianna to DVIP and working with her to ensure the organisation continues and further develops its work to keep women and children safe.”


Marianna Tortell said: “I am thrilled to be joining DVIP, especially as the organisation gets ready to celebrate 25 years of innovative, effective services supporting survivors and challenging the prevalence of domestic violence. I am committed to the work to keep women and children safe and to end violence against women and girls, and look forward to working with the staff team and the board at DVIP to continue to develop the organisation’s services for the coming 25 years.”


Wednesday 27th April 2016

Head of Services, Liz Ostrowski speaks on BBC Radio 4, Women's Hour

Liz discusses coercive control and our violence prevention programme


6th November, London

Men & Masculinities Substance Misuse and Aggression Programme Report Launch

Join us on Friday 6th November for the Cranstoun and DVIP launch of the‘Men and Masculinities’ substance misuse and aggression programme report.

This new report captures the learning from our pilot programme which set out to assess and treat a group of men disclosing behavioural concerns relating to both substance use and domestic abuse. It is the first programme of its kind in the UK and is now in its third and final year.

Click here for more information about the event.

To book your place please contact Maria Cripps on mcripps@cranstoun.org.uk

January 12th 2015                                              

New Research Demonstrates Effectiveness of Perpetrator Programmes in stopping Domestic Violence and Abuse

Today sees the release of the Mirabal research project, a five year study led by Professors Liz Kelly and Nicole Westmoreland. The research, which is the most extensive investigation undertaken in the UK into the efficacy of domestic violence perpetrator programmes, shows:


Most men who complete a Respect accredited domestic violence perpetrator programme (DVPP) stop using violence and reduce most other forms of abuse against their partner. In more detail:

  • All of the men who had been using sexual abuse ceased to do so;
  • All of the men who had been using  weapons ceased to do so;
  • There was an 80% reduction in the numbers of men who slapped, pushed or threw something at their partners;
  • There was a 71% reduction in the numbers of men who punched or kicked walls or furniture, slammed doors, smashed things or stamped around.


Most of their partners and ex-partners feel and are safer.

  • At the beginning of the process only 29% of women described themselves as feeling safe, 12 months later, 81% felt safe.


Programmes have a positive impact on children’s well being.

  • There was a 72% reduction in children seeing or overhearing violence;
  • The number of women saying their children were worried about them dropped from 64% before the programme to 37% afterwards;
  • The number of women saying the children were scared of the perpetrator dropped from 54% before the programme to 35% afterwards.


The Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) was the largest  programme participating in the research. DVIP is based in London and has been running a DVPP for over 20 years. Last year DVIP received over 700 referrals.


Ben Jamal, DVIP’s CEO, said: “DVIP’s internal evaluations have always told us that violence prevention programmes working alongside robust partner support services increase the safety of women and children. In the current climate, where resources are tight, external agencies, particularly those funding projects, require the highest standards of evidence  This independent research, which is the most extensive undertaken in the field in the UK, should provide an important benchmark. We have good evidence that Respect accredited programmes work. The challenge now is to see how we can extend the spread of the work and further improve outcomes by embedding programmes within the wider coordinated response”.


January 2015: DVIP achieves Respect re-accreditation

DVIP is delighted to be one of the first organisations to be awarded re-accreditation by Respect.

We successfully demonstrated that we continue to meet the rigorous requirements needed to deliver a Respect accredited service to domestic abuse perpetrators and victims. This means our services and processes are safety led, effectively designed to assess and manage risk and operate within a co-ordinated community response. 

For more information about Respect accreditation: http://respect.uk.net/work/work-perpetrators-domestic-violence/accreditation/


Ground-breaking domestic abuse charity and statutory social care partnership nominated for prestigious Children & Young People Now award


  DVIP and Hackney Children’s Social Care (HCSC) beat a record number of entries from across the UK to be nominated for the 2014 Children & Young People Safeguarding Awards. These awards are the gold standard for everyone working with children and young people. 


Together they have developed one of the UK’s first models of multi-agency working between domestic abuse specialists from the voluntary sector and statutory children’s services.

Domestic abuse is prevalent in 50-75% of cases referred to children’s services. The damaging effects of domestic abuse on children are well documented. Accurate, informed thinking and responses around domestic abuse are vital to keeping children safe. 

To enhance understanding of the dynamics and effects of domestic abuse, DVIP placed specialist staff within HCSC. These staff work alongside Social Workers to improve the engagement with abusive fathers and safeguarding measures for children. Interventions include providing a programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse to enable them to change their behaviour. 

Ben Jamal, Chief Executive of DVIP said “DVIP is convinced that the key to improving the safety of women and children affected by  domestic abuse is close partnership working between specialist domestic abuse agencies and key agencies like children’s services. We are very pleased that our work has been recognised at such a high level”. 

“We are delighted that our partnership work with DVIP has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.  It will be a special boost for all our excellent staff who work tirelessly to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic abuse” saidAlan Wood, Director of Hackney Children’s Services.

The results of these keenly contest awards will be revealed at a prestigious ceremony on 20th November. This event will be opened by Children's minister Edward Timpson. 

For further information, please contact: Ben Jamal on  ben@dvip.org


Referrals now open for our new Filial Play Service “Together Time”

A new and innovative family therapy service for enhancing the parent-child bond in the aftermath of domestic abuse


DVIP’s Co-Location Work Recognised as a Good Practice Model by the Government

The Government’s 2014 Action Plan ‘A Call To End Violence Against Women & Girls’ highlights our innovative, integrated model of work with Hackney Children and Young People Services Turn to page 41 Action Plan to read about our co-location model.


National Lottery Awards 2014 Nomination                                  

We’re pleased to announce that DVIP’s Al-Aman project was nominated for the National Lottery Awards 2014 as an example of an excellent National Lottery funded project.


Al-Aman’s work and intersectionality

The HEAR Human Rights and Equalities Network’s recent research project on ‘Intersections’ features our own Al-aman project. The project aims to compile  information on intersectionality including our work supporting Arabic speaking women in London affected by gender based violence.


2013 News Archive


Men & Masculinities Substance Misuse and Aggression Programme

DV & substance abuse programme report in partnership with Cranstoun

Public Health England Podcast, January 2014

 Phil Price, DVIP’s Violence Prevention Programme Manager speaks about working with perpetrators


'I didn’t realise I was an abusive husband’, Grazia, December 2013

A former client of perpetrator services talks candidly about his storey


Al-aman client case study

Al-aman services work is highlighted on the Lodon Councils website









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