Aimed at preventing domestic abuse, reducing repeat incidents and the impact of abusive relationships, Family Choices is based on the premise that most parents want to be involved in their children’s lives in a positive way and that it is possible to learn to behave differently. The programme builds mutual respect and seeks to eliminate blame, enabling parents to make safe choices about how they wish to relate to each other and to their children.
The abuser programme is based on the Duluth model of intervention. The 27 week programme is divided into eight, three-session modules conducted on a rolling basis.
Recent research suggests that more attention needs to be paid to the individual differences and emotional dynamics of abusers, this approach is integrated into the sessions.
Risks may increase for a survivor when the abuser is attending a programme to address their abusive behaviour. Family Choices allocates a key worker responsible for maintaining contact and support during the programme. Surivivors are invited to attend group work, self-esteem workshops and ongoing support.
Support for children living with domestic abuse emphasises that the abuse is not the children’s fault, encourages healthy expressions of emotions and provides safety planning.
To discuss further please contact our helpline on 0118 950 4003 or email@example.com