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Join the Building Healthy Relationships Programme (BHR)

​​​​​About the programme

The Building Healthy Relationships Programme is a domestic abuse programme delivered by the Probation and After-Care Service.​

It's for any adult who has behaved abusively towards their current or previous partners and want to change their behaviour.

The programme used to be called Jersey Domestic Abuse Programme (JDAP).

We focus on your strength and provide you skills you can use to make positive choices in your relationships and keep everyone safe.

The program has 8 modules. A Probation Officer will meet with you to prepare your plan. They’ll tell you which modules you’ll need to do depending on your circumstances.

The modules are delivered by Probation staff. You do not have to be subject to criminal proceedings or Probation supervision to take part.

To keep everyone safe and help you complete the programme effectively we work with other agencies such as:

  • Jersey Domestic Abuse Support (JDAS)
  • Children’s Service
  • Police
  • Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
  • other safeguarding agencies where necessary

Support will be provided to your current partner, children, or previous partners to make sure they are safe, informed and their experiences and needs stay at the core of your plan.​

Who can join

To take part in the programme you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • be a Jersey resident and plan to be for the duration of the programme 
  • acknowledge that you have behaved abusively towards your  current or ex-partner
  • be motivated to address or change your behaviour
  • be willing to attend the programme and agree to the referral being made

The referring agency must also be able to remain engaged with you as lead agent throughout the programme.

You may not be able to do the programme if you have: 

  • severe or chronic mental health or psychiatric illness. This can include a diagnosis of Severe Personality Disorder
  • outstanding court matters, including if you’re:
    • going through court proceedings for criminal or civil matters
    • waiting for further information on Police charges
    • ​involved in charges or court related to domestic abuse matters
  • substance abuse or chemical dependency. You would first need to go stabilise your usage by going in a treatment programme

The referring agency can contact us before making a referral if they’re not sure someone will be accepted on the programme.

Apply to join the programme

You can self-refer to join the programme if you’re worrying about your behaviour or lead professionals can refer clients.

You’ll need to give details about your:

  • current partner 
  • previous partners
  • children

This is needed to make sure risk of harm is managed and all parties are supported and kept safe.

If you’re referring a client, you need to complete the form with them.

You may need to go on our waiting list. We prioritise high risk cases.

If your application is rejected, we’ll contact you to give you more information.

Apply to join the Building Healt​hy Relationships Programme

​Referring clients

If you’re referring a client, you need to complete the form with them. They’ll need to agree for us to receive or share information with agencies we work with. If they do not agree they cannot join the programme.

As lead professional referring a client you’ll have to remain involved until they complete the programme and be the case lead.

You’ll receive feedback after each session on their engagement and progress and a copy of the end of programme report.

We will not be the case holder.​​

What the modules include

The modules are designed to be delivered on a one-to-one basis.

The core modules can also be delivered within a small group setting. This allows those with different learning styles to benefit from the programme and learn from other’s experiences.

The modules include:

  1. Assessment and Formulation
  2. Building precursors for change
  3. Developing skills to change attitudes and behaviour within your relationship
  4. The impact of domestic abuse on children, insight into parenting
  5. Partner relationship functioning, which includes coercive control
  6. Trauma, referral to specialist support service can be made if needed
  7. Anger
  8. Bringing it all together, reviewing all the modules and planning for the future
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