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Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP)

What is IDAP?

IDAP is a groupwork programme specially designed for men who have been abusive towards wives, partners or ex-partners. It runs for 27 weeks and there are extra sessions with your probation officer. The court may have ordered you to follow this programme as part of your community sentence, or it may be a condition of your prison licence.

How will it help me?

The programme will help you behave and make decisions without resorting to violence or abuse.

It will help you to:

  • Learn about the effects of domestic abuse on your partner and family
  • Look at the consequences of domestic abuse
  • Identify the beliefs and attitudes which underpin violence and abuse
  • Learn how to cope with your behaviour and feelings in difficult situations
  • Learn how to react without abuse
  • Learn about respect and responsible parenting.

What will I do in the group?

You will attend a group of men who have committed similar offences.

You must:

  • Talk openly about your offence and the victim.
  • Learn to understand your offence.
  • Learn to understand the impact of your offending on your victim and on children.
  • Change your behaviour so that can react without violence or abuse.

You must:

  • Sign a consent form to allow us to share information about you with your victim and/or partner.
  • Agree not to interfere with this contact.
  • Accept that we will be in contact with the police and social services.

You must agree to:

  • Stop being violent or abusive to anyone, especially your partner or ex-partner and any children you have
  • Arrive on time and stay to the end
  • Take part in the exercises
  • Arrive with a clear head, not under the influence of drugs, alcohol or solvents
  • Treat tutors and other group members with respect
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Turn off your mobile phone.

How long does the group last?

Before starting the group you will meet with your probation officer and you will have to complete a number of questionnaires which will help us monitor your progress.

You should start the programme within six weeks of your sentence or release on licence. Each session lasts for two and a half hours and you must attend all of them. You will meet with your probation officer at least every three sessions.

We will review your progress at the half-way point and at the end of the programme and you must then complete further sessions with your probation officer.

What happens if I miss a session?

You have to come to every session. If you miss a session you will need to do a catch-up session before you can carry on with the group. The programme is split into modules. If you miss more than two sessions in any module, you will need to do the whole module again. If you miss two sessions without good reason, you will be in breach of your order and will have to go back to court.

How will I know if I am making progress?

Before the group starts we will ask you to fill in some questionnaires which take two-three hours. We will ask you to complete similar questionnaires after the programme finishes and again six months after that. What you say will show how much your skills and views about things have changed. We will also report back regularly to your probation officer who will talk about your progress to you.


Gloucestershire Probation is committed to valuing and respecting differences between individuals. If you have concerns or questions about race, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation, child care or other issues which might affect your ability to take part in the programme, please discuss this as soon as possible with your probation officer.


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