Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire

Delivering a programme of integrated individual sessions designed to change the behaviour of those who use domestic abuse, whilst providing support to the partners and ex partners of the participants on the programme

What is the Fresh Start programme?

Fresh Start delivers a programme of at least eighteen one to one sessions to enable people who have used domestic violence and abuse in relationships to engage in changing their unacceptable behaviour. The emphasis is on safety and making a more constructive contribution to relationships both family and community.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is offered to people who have carried out acts of domestic violence and abuse and are not currently awaiting the outcome of a criminal justice process for violence they have committed. People will only be accepted on the programme who have a genuine desire to change their future behaviour.

What will I do during the sessions?

You will be working with an experienced facilitator who will guide you through various exercises of self exploration with a view to creating a plan for a new approach to your response to conflict. This is generally carried out over a course of eighteen one hour sessions.

Further sessions are available as add on modules in order to deal with some of the other issues that may be connected to the core subject.

How will it help me?

The programme allows for a safe exploration of how you have arrived at this point, what holds you in certain patterns of behaviour and the consequences that result. It then offers the opportunity to use that new found knowledge to become the person you would like to be by taking the opportunity to change how you think, feel and act.

What is expected of me?

In order to benefit from the programme participants must attend regularly and punctually. You need to be ready to make a serious commitment to ending all your violence and abusive behaviour. If you attend under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and are unable to engage effectively, the session will be terminated.

Who do you share information with?

The sessions are audio taped so that case supervisors can ensure that you are getting the best possible help. These case supervisors along with the person that delivers your programme have a responsibility to keep everyone involved safe and will share information with appropriate agencies in order to maintain such safety.

For further information contact:

Fresh Start
Tel: 01908 295740

Please click here to download the Fresh Start Referral Form