For clients who are mandated to attend our non-violence programme, we conduct an initial assessment with each client and talk through the two options: individual or group sessions. There is no
rule on which client should go which route, it is up to the clinician to recommend the most beneficial method to achieve the primary aim to stop violence in the home.
Individual programmes include a minimum of 10 sessions. If together the client and our specialist clinicians find there are more complex needs, this can extend to 25 sessions.
Group programmes are provided over 18 total sessions including an orientation session, an exit session, and 16 sessions with the group. Participants can remain in the group if they continue to
find it helpful or if the clinician feels that more work would benefit the client’s progress.
In both formats, clinicians share information on the law, protection orders, and the Family Violence Act. They also teach modules on various topics like personal safety, family safety,
relationship skills, and emotional regulation. There is a bit of customisation in both formats: one-on-one conversations can often include in-depth assessment of personal trauma and group
sessions include personal success stories from people who are in different phases of their growth.
One of the benefits of the group programme is members rotate in and out throughout the time a client is in the group. That means when a client is new to the group, other men and women who have
attended for longer can mentor and support new members. Then, when the client has been involved for some weeks and other new people enter the group, they become the mentor. While some people may
find groups challenging because discussions can focus on intimate experiences and events with ‘strangers,’ participants tell us the rolling membership is one of the best aspects of the group
experience. Read more about one of our client’s experience with the group here.
Our facilitators are skilled to recognise when a client is experiencing trauma and will find time to address this individually and offer counselling support alongside group.
If you are interested in SVS Living Safe’s services, we do have programmes for those self-referring. Please get in touch by email or call us on 03 548 3850. You can read more about our programmes on our website.