Richmond Fellowship is part of Recovery Focus, a group of charities with the shared aim to Inspire Recovery Together www.recoveryfocus.org.uk
Who we are
We are a division of Richmond Fellowship. For over 25 years, DVIP have been helping to make women and children safer. With services across London, we work to stop domestic violence and to reduce the harm it causes to women, children and families.
We are known as an authority in the UK in providing specialised domestic violence services. The Home Office has cited DVIP as a model of good practice, and the Office of the Mayor of London has recognised our contribution to women’s safety. We’re proud that our Violence Prevention Programme is one of the first in the UK to be fully accredited by Respect, the accreditation body for domestic violence perpetrator programmes in the UK.
What we do
At the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP), our aim is to get to the root of the problem by putting the focus back on the perpetrator of domestic abuse, thereby preventing future incidents and creating an environment where the other adults and children in the family are safe.
The DVIP programme has 26 structured sessions designed to help men to understand why they have used abusive behaviour, how they can change this, and how they can work towards respectful relationships with women.
The programme challenges men to take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming their partners or outside factors for their violence. Men are taught to critically assess their gender-based expectations of themselves and their partners. It is not an anger management or counselling group; it is designed specifically to address domestic violence.
The programme draws on a wide range of approaches including cognitive, behavioural, social learning theory, psychodrama, psychotherapeutic and relationship skills teaching. This enables us to create a challenging environment and at the same time offer support for personal change.