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 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 and will check whether it is available locally. We will only make a referral following a court order.


What to expect


The DAPP takes place in groups involving 8-12 participants. Sessions are weekly, outside working time, 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. The court is then informed by Cafcass regarding changes in risk.




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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