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Pilot Community Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme

A pilot programme aimed at perpetrators of domestic abuse is being extended and expanded in Hertfordshire after a promising pilot period in Stevenage since April 2014.

Operated by Relate North Essex and East Herts - and in partnership with Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse, Safer Watford and Borough of Broxbourne - 'Hertfordshire Change' is a community Domestic Abuse prevention programme for men who want to take positive steps to change the way they behave in relationships. Extending the pilot for a further 12mth cycle at its Stevenage base, the programme will be expanding its delivery locations to include venues within the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) boundaries of both Watford and Broxbourne from February 2016.

The Change Project is a Respect accredited project, the ‘Hertfordshire Change programme’ will mirror the extremely successfully programme run across Essex – which has received a number of awards and accolades - and is aimed at men who recognise and want to stop their abusive behaviour.

Delivered over 27 sessions, with each lasting around 2 and a half hours, the programme allows male participants to:

  • Take responsibility for their use of abusive behaviour
  • Identify beliefs and intents that underpin their abusive behaviour
  • Acknowledge the effects of their use of abusive behaviour on their partners and ex- partners, children, others and themselves
  • Take specific, positive steps to change their behaviour in relationships using non – controlling behaviour strategies learned on the programme

The pilot programme is available free to clients referred through agencies, and men who self refer will be required to make a small donation towards their cost, this is based upon what they are able to afford and usually ranges between £10 - £20 per session. Whilst the programme is available to anyone residing in Hertfordshire, for the purpose of the pilot prioritisation will be made to referrals based within the three aforementioned CSP areas.

The programme is made up of various modules, including:

  • Denial of responsibility and minimisation
  • Effects of Domestic Abuse
  • Parenting and the Effects of Domestic Abuse on children
  • Women’s Anger
  • Self Talk – winding up – winding down
  • Intimacy and Respect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Accountability

Alongside this is a women’s service providing support for women whose (ex) partner has been referred to the programme.

Please find attached further programme information and referral which may be circulated and displayed as appropriately across organisations and partnerships.

Hertfordshire Mens Poster
Hertfordshire Change Limited Leaflet
Hertfordshire Change Referral Form

For any further queries, or referrals, please contact 'Hertfordshire Change' direct by calling 0845 372 7701, by emailing, or visiting the webpages at:

Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana is a UK registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.

Below are some posters you may wish to download and use in relation to these subjects and it promote the support Karma Nirvana offer.

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs)

A Marac is a meeting where information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, probation, health, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (Idvas) and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors. After sharing all relevant information they have about a victim, the representatives discuss options for increasing the safety of the victim and turn these into a co-ordinated action plan.

The primary focus of the Marac is to safeguard the adult victim. The Marac will also make links with other fora to safeguard children and manage the behaviour of the perpetrator. At the heart of a Marac is the working assumption that no single agency or individual can see the complete picture of the life of a victim, but all may have insights that are crucial to their safety. The victim does not attend the meeting but is normally represented by an Idva who speaks on their behalf.

Education Toolkit

MARAC Info Sharing Form for Schools

A resource to be used when schools are asked to provide a report as part of the MARAC process.

School Referrals

If you believe that an adult/family may need referring to MARAC you can use the following resources to help you assess if a referral is needed and then to make a referral.

MARAC Referral Form

This needs to be sent securely to It is understood some schools may not use WinZip but similar encryption/secure email software such as Herts SFX. Please use the appropriate software your policy and procedures state.

The Expect Respect Education Toolkit

Domestic abuse is a widespread social problem and living with domestic abuse is a painful and damaging experience. For the 750,000 children who witness domestic abuse each year, the damaging effects can be long lasting and impact on everyarea of their lives.

Schools are in a key position to raise the issue of domestic abuse in a safe, structured, learning environment.

The Expect Respect Education Toolkit published by Women’s Aid provides a comprehensive resource that enables domestic abuse to be addressed easily and regularly by schools throughout a child or young person’s school life.

Specifically designed to be easy to use and with additional online support, the Education Toolkit supports schools in their work with children and young people, to improve responses to those affected now and to prevent domestic abuse in the future.


Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme

Hertfordshire Change runs a group work programme for male perpetrators of domestic abuse. The project accepts referrals direct from clients and from statutory bodies. Client’s are initially assessed for suitability to the programme. Where assessed as suitable, clients are offered the opportunity to undertake a programme of work. All assessments and individual work is held in Stevenage. The group is run on a rolling basis in Stevenage allowing for the majority of men to access a local resource. The group is run in the evenings (7-9.30pm). Groups are run for 27 sessions (minimum 60 hours work) and the current or ex-partners of clients placed on the programme are supported via our Partner Support Service, throughout the programme and up to 6 months after their (ex) partner has completed programme.

Further information is available at:

Project Aims

  1. Increase the physical safety and emotional wellbeing of women who’s (ex)partner attended the programme.
  2. Increase the safety of any children involved in the families.
  3. Give men opportunities to develop an insight and understanding about domestic violence and abuse.
  4. Assist men who use violence and abuse in their intimate relationships to take responsibility for, as well as change, their behaviour and underlying attitude(s) towards women.