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“Blossoms” Survivor group is a group where women come together after they have completed the “Making Changes” workshop.

The group work comprises of, some theory work around the impact of DV and art/craft/fun to enhance the well being of women.

Just because a women have had support and understanding around the dynamics of domestic abuse from outreach and workshops from splitz, this is not the end of the journey. It is the beginning.  

In “Blossoms” group, women  give each other support, which is valuable to help understand the transitions, healing and recovery from Domestic abuse.

 Groups are generally run every 6-8 weeks.

 Splitz has recently temporarily adopted the 'weeping sunflower' for its depiction of survival and Survivors of domestic abuse - what would be your thoughts? A recent blog post posed some interesting ideas.

Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership supported and agreed to re-commission a specialist high risk service for people experiencing DVA and at risk of further harm.  Funding was committed by Wiltshire Council’s Public Health and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), and supports the delivery of the DA strategy and the Police and Crime Plan. 

From 1 October 2015 this service will be provided by Splitz Support Service.

The specialist high risk DVA service will provide an easy to access, high quality service offering a range of crisis-interventions, including support to access alternative accommodation, safety planning, healthcare services, working to reduce immediate risk and supporting individuals to stay safe.  The service will support anyone aged 16yrs or above who is at high risk of harm from DVA irrespective of disability, ethnicity, sexuality or gender.

Through our outreach service we aim to help victims of domestic abuse overcome their difficulties and improve safety for them and their children. One to one support is provided at a safe place of your choosing and you have an option to attend group sessions.

Making Changes is a workshop for women who have experienced domestic abuse in the past or who are currently in an abusive relationship. The programme aims to increase knowledge of domestic abuse and how it happens.

The workshop provides an opportunity for women to come to terms with, and understand, their own lived experience; to overcome their personal challenges; to explore the impact domestic abuse can have on their lives and that of their children.

The Buddy Scheme is a mentoring and befriending service which currently has a very experienced, full time project coordinator and 19 trained volunteer mentors (or buddies) who, after receiving full training from us, each support between one and three service users at any one time.  They do this in the form of weekly, one to one visits in the service user’s home for around an hour.  Usually these relationships last for around 4 – 5 months, but this is very much an average and we have relationships which can be a good deal longer or shorter.

The Turnaround Programme is a voluntary group for male perpetrators of domestic abuse who wish to change their abusive behaviour. It is delivered in Trowbridge and Salisbury in Wiltshire and funded by a mix of charitable trusts and statutory provision. The programme is nationally accredited by Respect and is an intensive 25 week modular programme.

The programme comprises 5 separate modules on: physical respect; emotional respect; sexual respect; the impact of domestic abuse on children; and the re-building of trust and respect. The programme strength is in its modular nature. Each module lasts 5 week and is facilitated by a man and a women who model respectful behaviour towards each other. Each module is likely to have a mix of established and new attendees, working together in a group setting where men learn from and challenge each other.

Splitz Support Service is one of only 10 organisations nationally who are currently delivering an accredited DVPP (Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme) programme. Splitz was a contributor to the Mirabal study and the European Daphne Project. Splitz assesses its programme using rigorous risk and assessment tools, developed in conjunction with the University of Bristol.

Brief History

This is a 25 week group work programme that was developed by Irene Wettone from the Hampshire Probation Service in 1995 after 6 months research and is based on the Duluth Batterer’s Programme which was developed in America in the 1980’s.

Wiltshire Turnaround Programme

  • Splitz started their 1st group in Salisbury in February 2005 and 2nd Group in Trowbridge in September 2005.
  • Wiltshire also has 2 Relapse Prevention Groups (RPG) 1 In Salisbury and 1 in Trowbridge these run monthly.

Gloucestershire Turnaround Programme

  • We run 1 group in Cheltenham.

Devon DVPP

  • We currently run 1 group in Exeter.

Programme Aims

  • To promote and ensure safety of victims and their children and to prevent/mitigate the risk of reoffending.
  • Promote change in abusive/harmful behaviour.
  • Work collaboratively with other agencies to manage risk constructively.


Splitz Support Service was awarded Respect Accreditation on 7th April 2014.

Referral Process

Any agency can make a referral to the Turnaround Programme and does need to complete a referral form. This can be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Once a referral has been received the perpetrator is contacted and he is given a mobile number to contact (this helps to assess his motivation) for attending the group. Due to the current waiting list men are asked to contact the coordinator on a weekly basis by text/phone.

Pre-Group Assessment

There are up to 2 pre-group assessments which will to be completed prior to commencing the group. These will take between 3½ and 4 hours.

Risk Assessment/Management

There is a very comprehensive Risk Assessment which has to be completed prior to the man starting the group.  Risk is continually monitored during the programme.

At the end of each module the Coordinator, Paloma Coordinator, Woman’s Safety Worker and Group Facilitators meet to reassess risk and manage it. An individual risk register is also completed for each couple. If an incident occurs during the module risk is re-assessed immediately. The safety of women and children is paramount.

Multi-Agency Working

We work as part of a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) and will share information with the relevant organisations as and when necessary. We expect information to be shared with us.

Where there are domestic abuse issues in a relationship and the children are on a Safeguarding Plan or CIN Plan, due consideration should be given to have separate meetings with the parents so the victim can share without concern what has occurred. To not do this often means the victim will either minimise what has happened or say nothing in the perpetrators presence. To have joint meetings may escalate the Risk.

We will try to attend Child Protection Conferences/Core Group Meetings if the child/ren or step children have a Safe Guarding Plan in place.

The Programme

Is a 25 week rolling group work programme with 5 modules of 5 weeks.

Module A – Physical Respect

Module B – Intimacy and Sexual Respect

Module C – Emotional Respect

Module D – Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children

Module E – Rebuilding Trust and Respect

Group Members (GM) can start at the beginning of any module.

Format for the Group

Each session is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. We aim to run groups for 51 weeks each year (this depends when Christmas falls).


The men sign a contract and confidentiality form prior to starting the group. At the end of each module a report is completed by the 2 group facilitators, which is then seen and signed by the GM.

Each GM will have a 1 to 1 meeting with the Coordinator every 8 weeks to look at his end-of-module reports and his control logs.

He will also complete the Daphne Outcomes Measuring Tool at the Start, Middle & End of Programme.

We also provide reports on progress of a GM if requested by LA, CAFCASS, and Solicitors etc.

Support for Victims

GM must provide details of their partner or ex-partner prior to starting the programme. If they do not they cannot attend the group. The victim will be offered support by the Women’s Safety Worker whilst her partner or ex is on the group.

Group Facilitators

The group is always run by 2 facilitators normally a male and female. Groups can be run by 2 females but this upsets the gender balance. On rare occasions it can be run by 2 males. A group is never run by 1 person.


Every week there is a place available for a professional to observe the Group. Their role is as a silent observer to see how the group work process works. Observers complete Confidentiality Paperwork prior to observing the group.

Relapse Prevention Group (RPG)

On completion of the 25 week programme the men attend a monthly RPG for up to 12 months.  Whilst attending the RPG the men will meet with the Programme Coordinator for a 1 to 1 at least every 3 months, to review their progress, update their individual action plan and complete the 1 to 1 questionnaire.

Further Information

The DVPP contact Mike Bedford on 07973 526880 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Salisbury Turnaround Programme contact Mike Bedford on 07973 526880 or by email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trowbridge Turnaround Programme contact Charlotte Robson on 07587 770048 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cheltenham Turnaround Programme contact Laura Kavanagh, on 01242 226150 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Devon DVPP contact Mike Bedford


Integral to our perpetrator programmes is the safety of the ex-partner and the childern. To promote this safety we have an integrated women's safety service. The women's safety worker helps the ex-partner to develop a safety plan and monitors the impact of the programme on the family.

This service is only available to the (ex)partners of men on our perpetrator programmes. If this doesn't apply to you and you still want support contact us, you may be eligible for one of our other services.

The Young People’s Support Service is a service specifically designed for young people aged between 11 and 16. The service has a Co-ordinator and 5 experienced youth workers who support young people on both a 1:1 basis and through group work.

1:1 Support

SplitzKidz and Kidzpace

1:1 support is provided through SplitzKidz in the South of the County and then Kidzpace in the North and West of the County. Any young person aged between 11 and 16 who has witnessed Domestic Abuse can access the support. The service will only work with the young person if the main carer has agreed to the referral and if the perpetrator no longer resides at the home. A programme of support is devised in agreement with the young person, to enable them to understand the effects that Domestic Abuse can have on their emotional wellbeing. This enables the young person to feel better equipped to manage their emotions and has a positive effect on their relationships both within the home and at school.

The 1:1 work is then enhanced by a 6 week group programme which allows group discussion and the sharing of experiences. This then enables the young people to further develop their own knowledge and understanding of the impact the domestic abuse has had on their lives.

The service can be accessed by a referral being made via our helpdesk on 01225 775276 or email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Group Support

TeenzTalk  provides group support within the school environment to young people in year groups 8 to 11. The programme is delivered by 2 facilitators trained in the Respect toolkit and provides young people with skills and attitudes needed to maintain healthy and respectful relationships in all areas of their life. The group looks at a variety of topics including anger management, sexual respect and conflict resolution.

ParentzPace This group is only available to parents whose children are receiving 1:1 support through SplitzKidz/KidzPace. is a 6 week group support programme for parents that runs alongside the runs alongside the

For further information please contact Sam Cooper, Young People’s Support Service Co-ordinator on 01225 777724 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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