Test and Learn Pilot: Healthy Relationships Programme

Liverpool Waves of Hope is excited to announce the launch of an innovative new test and learn pilot, which aims to tackle domestic abuse amongst people with multiple needs.

The link between domestic abuse and multiple needs is well documented and is likely to affect a large proportion of people seeking support from Waves of Hope.

Traditionally, domestic violence is viewed as one sided, controlling and physical abuse by the male to a female partner. However, increasingly there are more cases where both partners are reported as victims and perpetrators, often a symptom of mental health problems or substance misuse.

Jenny Ewels, Head of Safer and Stronger Communities, Liverpool City Council, said:

This is a really exciting opportunity to test out a new way of working with people experiencing conflict in their relationships, which can form a ‘toxic trio’ alongside other complex needs. This new approach uses emotional behavioural techniques, not just cognitive, and has been seen to be life changing for people with multiple needs in other locations. We hope involvement on the programme will lead to improved relationships with professionals as well as family members and partners.”

The Healthy Relationships programme will be delivered by Forensic Psychological Solutions and offer a ground breaking new approach to domestic violence by simultaneously (but separately) offering both partners the support to enable change.

Neil Smith, Associate Consultant, Forensic Psychological Solutions, said:

“Our approach to working with relationship difficulties is novel as we work from a trauma informed perspective, recognising and addressing the effect of adverse experiences on the development of a range of problem behaviours. Working together with the support of people with lived experience we aim to build on the strengths which participants already possess, although sometimes hidden.

“We are excited to be working alongside those volunteers and clients with lived experience to enable the development of this programme to be truly co-produced. This provides us all with a new and different opportunity to build a long lasting legacy for those that need support the most.

“Participants can expect to improve their emotional resilience, stress resilience, problem solving and conflict resolution. The programme, has already been evaluated to have significant positive outcomes for participants who are able to engage.”

Click here  for more information on the pilot.

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