Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes (DVPP)

Phoenix Domestic abuse services currently provide FREE perpetrator interventions to anyone who resides in the Gwent area. This includes female perpetrators, those that need one – one work and those in same sex relationships. In order to be eligible for the free intervention participants need to be:

Over 11 years of age

Acknowledging some level of abusive behaviour in an intimate relationship (or towards a parent if under 18)

Showing a desire to change

Living in Gwent

n.b for those living outside of Gwent it may be possible to pay for the intervention, please contact us for further information 


Phoenix Domestic Abuse Service has been offering domestic abuse perpetrator intervention for over 10 years to encourage positive behaviour and attitude change. The Phoenix Respect Programme is accredited by Respect, the UK’s accrediting body for perpetrator programmes, and has featured on BBC Panorama to raise awareness and promote change at a societal level.

We are currently funded through three steam which are as follows: 

Reprovide Study in partnership with Bristol University  – Men, over the age of 21 in group work settings 

Caerphilly  commissioned project – direct referrals from social services only 

Home Office/PCC/Welsh Government Funded project: Anyone not eligible for either of the other routes


Phoenix Respect Programme

What is it?

Phoenix DAS delivers a community based domestic violence perpetrator programme which includes a dedicated Partner Link Officer to ensure the safety of partners and/or ex-partners of domestic abuse. The programme is a Respect Accredited programme for men or women in heterosexual or same sex relationships.  The Phoenix Respect Programme intervention is designed to help people who want to stop being abusive in their intimate relationships and to improve their current or future relationships.

What does it include?

The Phoenix Respect programme takes on average seven months to complete once the person is committed and motivated to attending their weekly sessions. The programme consists of a suitability assessment completed over three sessions, followed by 24 group sessions, one midway session and one exit session. Referring agencies will be provided with updates and reports throughout the intervention period covering level of meaningful engagement and changes in risk.

What are the aims of the programme?

The Phoenix Respect Programme is designed to help participants stop their abuse by achieving five objectives:

  1. To provide known partners and/or ex-partners of the service users undertaking the Phoenix Respect programme with information, and to support safety planning.
  2. To help participants undertaking the programme to understand; why they use violence and abuse against partners and ex partners and the effects of this behaviour on their (ex) partners, children, others and themselves.
  3. To encourage participants to take responsibility for their abusive and violent behaviour in their relationships.
  4. To motivate participants to take specific positive steps to change their behaviours in their relationships.
  5. To encourage participants to learn how to use non-controlling behaviour strategies in their relationships in order to prevent future violence and abuse.

What are the benefits?

Increase well-being for all individuals involved, reduce the reoccurrence of domestic abuse in the future and to end the cycle of abuse.

How to refer?

Individuals can self- refer or a partnership agency can refer someone.  Referrals can be made either by telephone on 01495 291202 or sent to the following email address;

Phoenix DAS recognises that starting this process can be extremely daunting and you will, no doubt, have concerns that you will be judged, harshly treated or vilified. The team work in a reassuring, non-judgmental manner and will be around to advise and lead you through this process and ensure that you get the best support throughout.

One-to-one Phoenix Respect Programme

The one-to-one intervention will be a bespoke package put together by the assessor based on the individual’s needs, risk and responsivity. It follows the same themes as the group intervention that includes three suitability assessment sessions and 12 individual work sessions. Referring agencies are provided with reports on level of meaningful engagement.

The one to one programme is available to individuals identified or at risk of being abusive to same sex partners or are female.  Consideration will be given to working with male participants who routinely work unsociable hours/rotating shifts, individuals aged 18-21 years, those with mental health issues or substance misuse issues that might be impacted by a group setting.