Relationship Violence Program

Effectiveness

Best practices:

In providing programs for men for domestic violence the literature suggests that the program include the following features, all of which are present with the RVPP: male and female co-facilitation; program length of 4 to 6 months; combination of psychoeducational and Cognitive Behavioural approaches; medium and high risk, but not low risk men to participate; group and not individual program; victim and current partner contact and support provided.

Research:

Research was conducted by the Research Division, Justice Ministry in 2007.   The evaluation purpose was to determine if those individuals who completed RR & RVP were less likely to re-offend than those who did not.  The results showed that completing RR and completing the full RVPP program in the community can reduce the odds of domestic violence reoffending by up to 50%.

Participant Surveys:

Each man completes an anonymous and confidential survey at the final session of the RVP. It is sent in a sealed envelope to Stroh Health Care. While the individual forms will not be shared with the facilitators, the general tone and opinions will be shared in order to assist the facilitators to become even better at what they do. The vast majority of these survey comments and ratings are very positive.  Comments typically include the likes of: The most important part of the program was: “Learning new tools to lead me through my future with the best of my ability”; “The skills I learned were useable skills, not just a piece of paper telling you what to do”; “Feedback from (facilitators), Feedback from other members. Active listening/teaching techniques”; “I wish I’d learned this stuff years ago in school” and for Additional Comments: “Very good problem-solving and dealing with issues in class”; “I see now how I have choices—anger is natural but violence just isn’t ok”; I’m teaching these things to my teenage son”.

Facilitator comments:

This program seems far more effective than previous models used across BC.  The information and skills gained by the men in RR really gives them a good grounding to begin the work in RVP- -men are much better prepared compared with men I worked with prior to this two-part standardized program.

Prevention:

The most frequent survey comment made by the men who have completed the RVPP is “I wish I could have learned this in school”.  The Respectful Futures resources were developed with this feedback in mind. Please see the RESPECTFUL FUTURES section of this Stroh Health Care website.

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