The Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Unit (DAPU) works one-to-one with domestic abuse offenders who want to change their behaviour.
Available to those over the age of 18, clients can self-refer to the behavioural change programme or be referred by a professional party.
The DAPU also has access to interpreters and translation services if English is not a client’s first language.
The programme lasts approximately six months, consisting of a minimum of 20 sessions with a behavioural caseworker, and is tailored to each client’s needs and circumstances with the aim to:
identify unhealthy behaviour patterns
understand and increase awareness to the impact of abuse
develop critical self-awareness to make positive change
identify and practice alternative behaviour
At the completion of the programme, the assigned caseworker will remain in contact on a monthly basis for a further six months to assess progress and offer additional support as required.
The Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Unit was launched in April 2020 and is largely funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office. The team consists of one police officer and two behavioural change caseworkers.