Ripples is an intensive programme that allows both perpetrators and victims of domestic violence alike to explore the issues around what has brought them to be where they are and how to transform their lives away from violence and abuse. The programme benefits participants by enabling them to examine self-limiting beliefs and behaviours, see new choices, take responsibility and therefore develop strategies for sustainable transformation.
By the end of the residential participants will have set personal goals around changing previous behaviour patterns.
Initially the programme will work separately with perpetrator and victims. However, where appropriate the programme design allows joint work to be conducted around restorative justice and planning for the future.
We will recruit volunteers during a 2-3 month presentation phase.
The volunteers will receive 6 days initial training via a two day workshop and 4 evening workshops.
Potential participants will attend a one day taster workshop 3 to 4 days prior to commencement of the programme.
Participants will then:
- Attend a 5 day intensive residentials.
- Follow On weekly coaching sessions.
- Monthly Large Group Support sessions.
- A completion Showcase of work achieved.
To decrease the number of repeat incidents of domestic violence in Basildon.
To increase the understanding of what domestic violence is.
To raise awareness and prevent people entering the criminal justice system as a result of domestic violence.
To allow participants:
- To explore their relationship to domestic violence.
- To consider the impact of domestic violence on themselves, family and the local community.
- Set self determined goals in areas such as relationships, education, employment.
Among the outcomes we would expect to see are:
- A reduction in the number call outs resulting from domestic violence incidents in Basildon.
- A reduction in the number hospital attendances and admissions resulting from injury sustained in domestic violence incidents.
- A reduction in the psychological damage to the victim, extended family, friends and community.
- Improved communication with authority figures.
- Improved relationships with peers.
- Improved relationships with family members.
- A provide sustainable benefit to the community following completion of the programme.