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Domestic Abuse: what we in Essex CRC can do

Building Better Relationships

Work has been done over the years on providing programmes tailored to groups of individuals who are perpetrators of abuse. These are NOT for people who are perpetrators of violence for the sake of causing physical harm and pain. The violence will be within a domestic context, and often demonstrate elements of instrumental violence – that is, violence aimed at achieving a particular result.

OSilhouette of Man with head in handsur latest, fully researched accredited programme, Building Better Relationships, (BBR), is based on current developing theory and research into our previous work. Based on a General Aggression Model, it takes in the possibility not only of the need to control the victim, but also other causes – jealousy, for instance.

BBR is not for every kind of abuse perpetrator and their victims. Other programmes will be developed for them. Those whose profiles do not fit within the BBR criteria currently will be worked with one-to-one.

BBR: who is suitable?

Heterosexual males, who are assessed as posing a Medium Risk of harm, whose index offence is that of Domestic Abuse/Violence or is a linked offence, eg criminal damage.

Who is not suitable?

Female or non-heterosexual offenders, or those who are assessed as posing a Low Risk of Harm. Also, offenders who refuse to accept responsibility for violence/abuse, or who are not willing to engage in a process of change. This is not to say that we don’t work with people who initially are not accepting responsibility. People generally come to understand and accept their part in the abuse. The Offender Manager will be able to identify those who will not, however.

Help for the victims

Essex CRC’s Women’s Safety Workers will stay in contact with the victims of the offence, as well as current and new partners of these offenders.

To take part in BBR:

  • The offender must express a willingness to engage in change and go some way to accepting responsibility for violence/abuse.
  • He must supply details of current and new partners, and agree to information about their programme attendance being released to any potential victim or partner and any agency that promotes the safety of women and children.
  • He must sign an agreement before sentencing; the court will be told whether or not he agrees to the conditions of the agreement.