As part of our Education Prevention Intervention in the Community (E.P.I.C) programme, we have our own program for male perpetrators of domestic violence, called C.H.A.T. (Choosing Healthy Alternative Techniques).
The aim of the programme is to:-
o Enable participants to identify and acknowledge their current / past abusive behaviour and use skills and strategies taught on the programme to make positive changes in their behaviour. This is done through conversation / individual and group exercises and the practice of the skills and strategies taught on the program.
o Enable participants to take responsibility for their use of abusive behaviour in their intimate relationships.
o Enable participants to identify the beliefs and intents which underpin their abusive behaviour.
o Enable participants to acknowledge the effects of their behaviour on themselves, their partners, children and others.
The first step for people who want to participate in the program is for them to have an Initial Assessment at our office in Barry, which takes approximately 45 minutes, so that we can determine their suitability for the program. After successful completion of this initial assessment they would attend an Orientation Session which lasts about 90 minutes.
The orientation session is designed to facilitate an understanding of the following :-
o Awareness of Domestic Abuse and the incident rates in Society.
o Why domestic abuse occurs.
o The different categories of Domestic Abuse – Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Financial, Isolation and Threats.
o The dynamics of Power & Control in an intimate relationship.
o Their own abusive behaviour(s).
o Acknowledge how their thoughts feelings and actions are interrelated.
o An overview of the C.H.A.T. programme.
The program is run over 12 consecutive weeks and is run on a weekly basis in Barry. Each session lasts for approximately 2.5 hours. Each participant has their own workbook in which they record their work on the program.
On completion of the program a report is produced by the facilitators, based on the work done by the participant on the program, each participant will then attend a final interview / review of their work, this will take approximately 60 minutes. Each participants is provided with a copy of the report.
We are currently funded to deliver the program for participants that reside in the Vale of Glamorgan, for participants who reside outside of the Vale of Glamorgan there is a cost.