the Panorama film broadcast on 8th October 2018 - Can violent men
change? Written text with reference links.h they will doubtless have vested interests.
Our former client wrote this about them, DVIP that is .
His description of his experiences with both the DVIP and Social Services match what we hear time
and time again.
On a BBC radio Northampton programme Neil Blacklock DVIP/Respect stated: "Sometimes as many as a quarter of the men make it through the programme." You can hear the obstacle course in the language of that.
Before a select committee of the Home Office the then CEO of DVIP quoted these costs to "turn a man around". You can read the transcrip of this linked here.
33 men completed the DVIP programme that year at an
expenditure of £219,000. The CEO claimed a success rate of 70%. That would mean
just 22 men of the 230 that contacted the organisation. An effective
completion? Virtually £10,000, by his claim. The figure he quoted, based on
referrals versus cost, essentially turned 198 men round and walked them back
out of the door at just over £1,000 each!
In private law cases what are the costs to the abuser for
these Duluth -style "power and control" programmes to "hold the men
accountable"? 32 weekly sessions of about 2 ½ hours each cost between £60 and
£80 per session. £270 - £300 per month, for
nine months, plus travel.
The academic, Dr Gene Feder very rightly pointed out that ignoring
perpetrators ignored the upstream problems.
"The problem is", he said, "We do not have secure evidence they are
effective in bringing about changes. But
if you just respond to survivors you are in some ways just colluding with the
cycle of violence."
In 2011 the clinical psychologist Dr Louise Dixon took the "accreditor" Respect to task,
drawing attention to their underlying feminist ideology and the lack of
an evidence base for the work they were insisting on. She called for the
accreditation to be abandoned. Elsewhere she also wrote that there was no
criminological need for female abusers to have separate courses
In 2012 The Centre for Social Justice published a paper calling for the current programmes to be scrapped
and the fresh start to be made. "When something is not working ." This was
essentially what happened with the IDAP programme, accredited and run by the
Probation Service - it was also a Duluth model!
In 2014 the Minsitry of Justice publiched a paper which highlighted the ineffectiveness of the Duluth model, pointing to much
better outcomes from other models, but models which were not numerous enough to
provide an alternative.
(In Britain those other models have been very carefully
screened out by RESPECT, and everything accredited is essentially forced to
deliver what Respect considers to be okay!)
The evidence against the effectiveness of the current
accredited work is all there. Persisting
with it is really colluding with creating an ongoing cycle of domestic
violence. In whose best interest is that? Certainly not the children's, nor the
males and females involved!
The following website gathers together and gives a close and detailed criticism of the "accredited programmes" onto which you might be sent. The evidence may be useful for you in contradicting a court's or Cafcass requirement to attend an "accredited programme".
perpetrator programmes part 1
perpetrator programmes part 2
Evidence from the Ministry of Justice (2014) about the ineffectiveness of the Duluth model.
What is the impact on
reoffending? The most recent systematic review of US evidence indicates
that the Duluth Model appears to have no effect on recidivism.154 However, this
review also identified substantial reductions in domestic violence reoffending
by offenders who had attended other interventions. These interventions varied
widely in their approach (including cognitive behavioural therapy, relationship
enhancement and group couples counselling), and the reviewers were therefore
unable to make recommendations about specific preferred alternatives to the
The Centre for Social Justice
Called for the Duluth programmes to be scrapped and a fresh start to be made - "when something is not working ..... "