Mark cannot contain his elation as he describes an experience which he says has been "completely life changing".
'old me' and the 'new me'."
thoughts, but now I do."
Safer Relationships Activity (SRA), run by West Yorkshire Probation Trust, has been designed to help younger men, or those who may have less entrenched behaviour and attitudes surrounding domesticIn Mark's case, a build up of emotions led to him committing an act of domestic "It was an explosion. The relationship moved too fast and we didn't talk things through," he says.
violence is never acceptable, no matter what someone says or does."
done that' and they're shocked by it."
The change in his relationship has been dramatic. "Before I came on the programme there was not much communication, but that has changed. Things are great."
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For Mark, the course has been life changing. "It made me think about what happened we look at the sorts of things that are classed as intimidation. We offer ideas and some people say: 'Yes, I've
Mark, who does not wish to disclose his real name, is one of a number of men taking part in a special Bradford based programme designed to reduce reoffending after acts of domestic
The group also watch footage of different kinds of abusive behaviour and discuss it. They examine the effect of the crime, not only on partners and children, but extended family and Air Max 95 Light Grey
a one to one. It asks questions such as what is abusive behaviour and how attitudes develop. It also examines the crime from the victims' perspective, the impact of domestic abuse on children, and
Mark is fortunate enough to have worked things out with his partner. "At first things were a little edgy, but now everything is open it is so much better," he says.
"I didn't know what to expect, but after a couple of sessions I was really excited. I hoped that it would change me as a person and it has it has really opened me up."
They look at behaviour; some people may attempt to 'minimise' the crime by saying such things as: 'I didn't grab her that hard she bruises easily' or 'it was only a slap'. Denial, and blaming
someone else are also covered.
Mark, who attended the Safer Relationships Activity Course
It prompts those taking part to look at themselves and the person they have become. "It is not easy," says Mark. "You delve into a situation and dissect it. I was guilty of never challenging my own
made me think about what happened we look at the sorts of things that are classed as intimidation
The programme doesn't work for everyone. "In some cases there are too many problems that we can't deal with," says Carolyn. Such offenders may be directed along a different route, or may return to"You have got to want to get something from it that is vital," adds Carolyn. "Some people don't want to change. Some blame what happened on the woman. It is about getting them to recognise that
issues surrounding personal change.
Assigned by the courts, the sessions can form part of a community sentence. The groups are generally made up of eight men. "We Air Max 95 Zip were a bit cagey at first, but when we started talking we carried on,"
Discussions are accompanied by written testimonies. "They write about what they have done and what they could have done differently," adds Carolyn. "It is about the Grey Air Max Womens
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says Mark. "We gelled as a group."
Based on cognitive behaviour therapy a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist and client work together as a team to try and solve problems the programme consists of 15 group sessions and
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