16 days: DViP

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When men want to seek help to stop perpetrating violence against their partners, where can they go?

We ACT because they … work with perpetrators of domestic violence across London to stop domestic violence and to reduce the harm it causes.

The Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DViP) has been going for over 20 years, working with men to challenge and change their abusive and controlling behaviour and have safer, healthier relationships.

They provide a Violence Prevention Programme for men who want to end their abusive behaviour against a partner or ex-partner. It covers different aspects of violence and control, and on skills for better relationships and parenting. The programme is accredited by RESPECT – the UK membership organisation working with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims and young people.

DViP also runs YUVA which works with young people (ages 11-25) who have used violent or controlling behaviour towards their parents/carers or their girl/boyfriends.

Perpetrator programmes such as those provided by DViP can lead to a reduction in the frequency and severity of abuse. Research published this year found that change can occur as a result of perpetrator programmes and for many men, women and children, their lives are improved following a domestic violence perpetrator programme (Kelly & Westmarland. 2015). Such initiatives are an essential part of tackling and preventing violence against women and girls.

The Istanbul Convention would protect and ensure perpetrator programmes aimed at teaching perpetrators of domestic abuse ‘with a view to preventing further violence and changing violent behavioural patterns’ [Article 16]. At present, such programmes are limited and under-resourced.

ACT: Sign the Petition to ratify the Istanbul Convention and protect services like DViP