Cafcass and “accredited” DAPP’s – perpetrator programmes

Domestic Abuser Perpetrator Programmes – “accredited” by RESPECT are virtually exclusive to men. We will offer details about some of the many things which are wrong with them, why they are unrepresentative, increasing the risks and dangers to children and why they are likely to increase dangers to partners (and children) and why the accredited versions should be abandoned.

Cafcass – The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service is a non-departmental public body in England set up to promote the welfare of children and families involved in family courts and procedures in some magistrates courts . Parent organisationMinistry of Justice What a judge had to say in a recent Approved Judgment.

First the disturbing and concerning statistics relating to domestic violence, bearing in mind that Cafcass is “set up to promote the welfare of children and families”.

Statistics below indicate the safety and position of children in families is being almost completely ignored by the current agenda / strategy, which wants to view only men as perpetrators and only women as victims.  

Langhinrichsen-Rohling et al 2012

(p208) “Among cohabiting violent couples, 52.4% were classified as bidirectionally violent, unidirectional (26.9% female-to- male only, and 20.7% male-to-female only); whereas 48.2% of married violent couples were bidirectionally violent (28.6% female-to-male only, 23.2% male-to -female only). Among the seven large current population studies that were used in this analysis, the overall ratio of unidirectional female to male compared to unidirectional male to female IPV was 2.05 weighted (2.02 and unweighted ratio). This indicates that there were approximately two women engaging in unidirectional perpetration in the relationship compared to every one man.”

“This indicates that there were approximately two women engaging in unidirectional perpetration in the relationship compared to every one man.” !!

Where is the work to address female violence to men?

If you fundamentally consider the above statistics to be unrepresentative then you could choose to research the 564 papers summarised in this link.

CAFCASS has a contract with “accredited” projects to whom it pays about £2300 per man for “work” to be undertaken with them.