The Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme (DVPP) aims to help people, who have been abusive towards their partners or ex-partners, change their behaviour and develop respectful, non-abusive relationships.
Taking part in a DVPP can make a real difference to the lives of those involved, including children who have been affected. But it can be challenging and the court will make decisions about contact based on the progress a participant makes during the programme.
In most cases Cafcass will assess a person’s suitability for the programme, whether it is available locally and, following the court order, will make a referral.
There is no charge for Cafcass service users to take part in a DVPP when this is ordered by the court as a ‘court ordered activity' in private law cases concerning Child Arrangements Applications.
Further information for service users is available in the DVPP Factsheet.