Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme

The Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP) aims to help people who have been abusive towards their partners or ex-partners to change their behaviour and develop respectful, non-abusive relationships.

Taking part in DAPP can make a real difference to the lives of those involved, including children who have been affected, but attendance can be challenging. The court will consider the progress a participant makes during the programme when making the decision about spending time arrangements with children.

The Ministry of Justice has decided to work towards replacing the existing DAPP with a new programme to better meet the needs of a wider range of families. Provision under the current contracts will end on 31 March 2023 and the time to complete the programme is typically nine months. Therefore only orders received by Cafcass on or before 30 June 2022 can be referred to providers to attend a DAPP until further provision is in place. The Ministry of Justice is working with programme providers and the domestic abuse sector to develop interim arrangements ahead of the new programme being in place.  For enquiries about DAPP, please contact the Ministry of Justice.

Parents who have been ordered to complete a DAPP by the court will be offered a place on a programme. Parents may be required to travel to the nearest available provider. The Family Court Adviser will be able to provide more information.

For parents ordered to undertake a DAPP:

What to expect

The DAPP takes place in face-to-face groups typically involving 8-12 participants. Sessions tend to be weekly and last for between 2 and 2.5 hours over about six months. Every DAPP has a parallel service that supports partners and ex-partners at risk from domestic abuse and this service is offered to them.

The Family Court Adviser will make the referral to the provider. The provider delivers the DAPP sessions and will report back to Cafcass on progress and learning, or about any significant safety concerns. These reports form part of Cafcass’ assessments about spending time with arrangements and can be part of the evidence which we provide to court.


There is no charge for Cafcass service users to take part in a DAPP when this is ordered by the court as a ‘court ordered activity’ in private law cases concerning Child Arrangements Applications.

Local providers

You can find a list of DAPP providers in your area on the Directory of Providers page. Please note that the delivery sites listed for DAPP may not be available for all groups all the time, as this will depend on need and availability.






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