6:00 a.m. on December 5, 2021
An innovative behavioral program to rehabilitate domestic abusers in Suffolk has received national accreditation.
Iceni, a small independent charity based in Ipswich, is one of 27 organizations across the UK to have received the prestigious ‘Respect’ accreditation for its Venta program.
The 16 week Venta course is for men who behave or have behaved in a violent, abusive, coercive or controlling manner towards their female partner.
The program, which plays a crucial role in preventing and stopping domestic violence, is supported by a Home Office grant of £ 238,000 awarded to police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore on behalf of the partners Suffolk Constabulary, Iceni and Suffolk County Council.
Suffolk County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner jointly funded the accreditation process – and being able to prove that the program is of a recognized standard will now help Iceni influence future funders and potential commissioners.
Brian Tobin, chief executive of Iceni, said he believed a “more nuanced approach” was needed to tackle the problem.
“We are delighted to receive this accreditation, it comes at a time when rates of domestic violence in Suffolk have reached intolerable levels with untold incidences of unregistered domestic violence,” he said.
“We believe that a more nuanced approach is now necessary to effectively tackle this pervasive social problem.
“The Venta program offers a new approach to understanding domestic violence, exploring and challenging behaviors that harm intimate partners, and subsequently, children and families.
“We offer an opportunity and a challenge to all men who wish to change their own behavior. This, in a tolerant environment, led by trained professionals who understand the complexities of domestic violence.
“The program offers men a unique insight into their thinking and change.”
He added that domestic violence will not go away and cannot be ignored.
“Venta will take responsibility for reducing the abuse by those who cause the damage, rather than ‘picking up the pieces of broken lives’ after the event,” Mr. Tobin said.
“We cannot just ignore the increase and devastation of the causes of domestic violence, it will not go away and the number of victims will continue to rise.
“We believe that true safety for women and children must include putting men at the center of the solution. We want men to ‘take the lead’ and invite anyone concerned about their behavior to contact us. . “
Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, praised the success of the program.
“I am absolutely delighted to see that Iceni has received this prestigious accreditation,” he said.
“This accreditation proves that the Venta program meets a nationally recognized standard for safe and efficient delivery and I hope this will allow Iceni to advocate for other funders, advancing plans for sustainability. long term of this valuable work.
“I was fortunate enough to visit Iceni in Ipswich to meet one of the men from a previous program and see how successful it has worked and has a very clear goal of reducing recidivism and repeat victimization , while protecting the victims and their families.
“By meeting the needs of abusers and creating a ‘culture of accountability’ among abusers, we will improve outcomes for all those affected by domestic violence. This is exactly what we need.
Andrew Reid, a member of the Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet for Public Health, Public Welfare and Communities, added: “I am delighted that Suffolk County Council was able to help Iceni achieve accreditation in a field. important work.
“This formal recognition is a testament to their efforts and will undoubtedly allow them to attract and influence future funding to support this type of approach with offenders in the future.”