Making a Referral

We accept referrals from professionals who are working alongside families where domestic abuse has been identified however you must have consent from the individual prior to making the referral.

Evidence has shown that the Respect Accreditated Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes are effective in reducing  domestic abuse and the risk of further violence/abuse.  For the latest research, please see Project Mirabel Research findings, 2015.

We do apply eligibility and suitability criteria as below, please consider this when choosing to make a referral.

Eligibility Criteria

- Either the client or their (ex) partner must reside in Leicester City to access the service for free, if they live outside of Leicester then a fee is applied - please contact us to discuss this further.
- There must be no on-going criminal, public or private law proceedings. For example for referrals from Children's Services , we will accept referrals at the
Pre-proceedings stage but not when cases are in proceedings unless there has been an expert risk assessment of domestic violence undertaken. For criminal law , clients must not be currently be in proceedings for a criminal offence related to somestic violence or violence or abuse against a child. Please contact us when those proceedings are completed.
- Clients must not have completed a similar interventions programme for domestic abuse , such as the probation run BBR programme, within the last 6 months.
- Clients must be over the age of 18 and have been abusive in an intimate partner relationship. Our treatment programme is not suitable for clients who have been violent to a child, parent or other family member.
Suitability Criteria
 Not all people needing an intervention will be suitable for an intervention and as a rough guide please ascertain the following by talking to the client BEFORE making the referral.
- Acknowledgement of Violence and Abuse: Clients will need to admit and be able to talk about specific incidents where they have been violent and abusive towards their partner. We do not expect full disclosure of incidents but if the client is in complete denial they are not yet ready to access a behaviour change programme.
-Motivation to Change their Behaviour: Clients will need to demonstrate some motivation to change their behaviour. Useful questions to ask to ascertain levels of motivation  are " What are the costs to you if you don't change your behaviour?" and " What do you think the impact of your behaviour has been on your partner and children?".
-Mental Health , Alcohol and Substance Misuse Issues: If your client has diagnosed mental health issues please gain consent to share information with us about diagnosis , history and treatment which will inform our decision making about suitability for the programme. Many of  our clients do have alcohol and substance misuse issues , however, clients must be able to regularly attend a 24 week programme without being under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
- Availability: Clients must not have other commitments ( work, childcare) that would prevent them from attending an evening programme for 24 weeks.
Other Useful Information:
Women Using Violence: We accept referrals for women who are using violent and abusive behaviours in same-sex and heterosexual relationships. Women who are assessed as suitable will be offered Individual sessions as we currently do not have a womens group programme.
Clients in Same-Sex Relationships: For men and women in same sex relationships the individual programme will be offered.
Non-English Speakers:  For men whose English language ability would not be sufficient to access the group programme, the individual programme will be offered using an interpreter. Please note that the cost of the interpreter must be met by Chiildrens Services as the referring agency, as part of the resources needed to safeguard children.
Mutual Violence: Where there is evidence of both parties using violent and abusive behaviours towards each other , please submit two seperate referral forms . The couple will then be assessed seperately and if suitable , individual treatment plans applied.
Sharing of Information about Domestic Violence: We require full disclosure ( if known) of the history of domestic violence in the relationship including all known incidents, police call outs/convictions and risk issues. We expect the DASH risk assessment to be completed. For high risk cases , please refer immediately to MARAC and the IDVA service at SAFE: 0300 1230918
To make a referral, please feel free to call us on 0116 254 0101, or simply download our professional referral form  complete and return to us via email at
or post to:
PO Box 7675,

FreeVA - Free From Violence and Abuse (Charity Number: 1122344)