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Community Payback Order Programme: Domestic Offences

Last updated: 2nd July 2024

Programme Name:

Up2U Creating Healthy Relationships Domestic abuse perpetrator groupwork programme


Up2U is an innovative, evidence based, perpetrator programme . It uses a goal orientated, strengths based, motivational model to engage individuals, working with their resistance to build strong therapeutic relationships to optimise their commitment to the programme to build safe and healthy relationships. Up2U recognises that people are abusive for different underlying reasons ranging from power and control learned behaviour, attitudes that promote male dominance and lack of emotional regulation. It is an assessment led approach responding to individual risk, need and responsivity. The programme is for men who use domestically abusive behaviours in their intimate partner relationships. It is suitable for men age 16+ and for people in same sex relationships – who are subject to a standard supervision requirement within a Community Payback Order or license condition. The programme is aimed at assisting men to: • recognise and stop using abusive behaviour • learn how to cope with and manage overwhelming feelings • learn to manage the way they think, feel and then act and assist them in having: • healthier relationships • children who are less exposed to trauma • a better understanding of themselves and their emotions • less involvement with the police and other services.

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