Domestic Violence Intervention Programme (DVIP) groups in Somerset

The University of Bristol are currently running a national trial into the effectiveness of group work approaches in supporting behaviour change for perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. Barnardo’s in Somerset is one of 4 trial sites in England and Wales to deliver the Reprovide DVIP as part of this research.

Barnardo’s will be running weekly groups (in Taunton and Shepton Mallet), for men who live in Somerset or North Somerset who are concerned about their abusive behaviour towards women. Men attending the groups run by our experienced facilitators will be offered 26 weeks of free support. Partners and ex-partners of those attending the groups will be offered support from our Women’s safety officer.


Reaching Everyone Programme of Research On Violence In diverse Domestic Environments

We know that often men are worried about the impact of their abusive behaviour on their female partner or ex-partners, but that it can be difficult to get help to stop behaving this way.

The University of Bristol want to test this programme, so that they can see if it really does help men and improve safety for their partners, ex-partners, and for children.

Who is eligible to take part in the study?

We want to recruit men who are:

  • Aged 21 or over;
  • Who are worried that their own behaviour in relationships with women might be violent or abusive;
  • Who can understand English well enough to take part in a group programme

If men don’t meet these criteria, but would like to help us in this study, we still would like to talk to them about how best to support men in stopping abusive behaviour.

Who is organising and funding the study?

The Department of Health and Social Care is funding this study through the National Institute for Health Research. The research is being carried out by a team of researchers who are based at the University of Bristol.

Is this study well-designed and ethical?

An independent group, a Research Ethics Committee which included healthcare professionals and members of the public, assessed whether the study sufficiently protects participants’ safety, rights, wellbeing and dignity. This study has been approved by Oxford B Research Ethics Committee. The programme has also been approved locally by the Barnardo’s Research & Ethics Committee.

What does the study involve?

As this is a test for whether domestic violence prevention programmes work, men joining the study will be randomly allocated to two groups.

Two thirds will join a programme run by a Barnardo’s who are a leading provider of domestic abuse support services. This will involve attending weekly group session for approximately 6 months.

The remaining men will not be offered additional support from us (however they may continue to seek support from other providers), but will still be asked to complete questionnaires.

The groups will be decided randomly. Both groups will be equally valuable in helping the University to assess whether domestic violence prevention programmes help men and improve safety for their partners, ex-partners, and for children.

Barnardo’s are offering free training sessions to professionals about the Reprovide Research programme and current evidence and best practice around work with Perpetrators of Domestic abuse – information about this and other Barnardo’s training in Somerset can be found here.

More information to self-refer or make a referral


Phone the Reprovide University Research Team on 078703 76548 or the Barnardo’s Somerset Reprovide Team on 01823 270938



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