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ADAPT - Adapt Domestic Abuse Prevention Training

Provides help for people who have a problem in controlling their behaviour and who resort to violence but wish to change their behaviour.

The Jersey Probation and After Care Service delivers a programme called Adapt [Adapt Domestic Abuse Prevention Training] for men who would like to stop their abusive behaviour towards a female partner.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and /or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.  Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.

Who is ADAPT for?

Adapt is aimed at men who would like to stop their abusive behaviour towards an (ex) partner.  Men will be encouraged to think about why they abuse, the impact of this and explore strategies and techniques to avoid using abusive behaviour.

It is made up of the following:

  • An Assessment interview which is required prior to joining the programme.
  • A 25 week rolling work programme consisting of 5 different modules that each last for 6 weeks.  All modules need to be undertaken in order to complete the programme.  They include sessions covering physical abuse, sexual respect, emotional abuse, domestic abuse and children, rebuilding trust and respect.
  • Meeting's with Group Leaders throughout the programme if required.
  • Relapsed Prevention sessions for men who have completed the 25 week programme and wish to receive ongoing support to maintain the changes.
  • Woman's Support Service aimed at supporting women throughout the programme.

Support for Women

Men must be willing to provide details of their partner or ex partner prior to being accepted on to the programme.

The Women's Safety Worker will make contact with the women following an assessment interview with her (ex) partner.

The support for women is aimed at:

  • Increasing her physical safety, emotional and psychological well-being 
  • Providing her with information about the programme
  • Providing her with opportunities to develop insight and understanding about domestic abuse.
  • Helping her to manage the changes that may occur as a result of the programme.
  • Promoting realistic expectations regarding (ex) partners attendance on the programme.
  • Offering information, advice and guidance sensitively.
  • Empowering her to make informed choices.
  • Providing information on specialist services within the local area.

Support is offered mainly through telephone contact, although individual meetings can be arranged.  Referrals to other suitable agencies can be made if required.

If there is enough interest within a local area a weekly support group will be available for the women.

Additional support for Women

Jersey Women's Refuge is a 24 hour service offering safe accommodation, advice support and counselling to women suffering abuse.

You do not have to stay at the refuge to receive our help.  We have a outreach service where we can meet you in the community at a safe location of your choice.  Often leaving a relationship can affect other areas of your life and we are experienced in supporting women whilst considering their options.

You can contact the Refuge on our free 24 hours helpline 0800 7356836 or alternatively you can call our outreach service 9-5 week days on 505061.

How do I get onto ADAPT and when does it take place?

You can contact The Probation and After Care Service, Programme Coordinator, directly and he will send you a referral form to complete. Men can be referred by statutory agencies such as Social Services as well as the voluntary sector.

The programme runs on a weekday evening and each session lasts for 2 hours.  Details regarding the location and the times of the group are provided when a man is ready to start the programme.

The Jersey Probation and After Care Service welcomes men of all ethnic groups, ages, religions and abilities or disabilities.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nigel Collier Webb
Contact Position
ADAPT Coordinator
Mobile: 07797 924055
01534 441916

Where to go

The Jersey Probation and After Care Service
1 Lempriere Street
St. Helier
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