People Who Harm

Information for perpetrators

Abuse in a relationship is when you try to control someone, hurt them or force them to do things they don’t want to. 

This can be done in many different ways and isn’t always overt or obvious. 

Abusive behaviour can be: 

  • violent (hitting, kicking, slapping) 
  • emotional (humiliating and putting you down) 
  • sexual (forcing you to do sexual acts you don't want to) 
  • financial (controlling money, taking out loans in the partner’s name) 

Abuse may start with name calling but often escalates over time into physical violence. 

  • Are you jealous? Do you constantly need to know where your partner is? 
  • Does it make you angry when they want to spend time with friends or family? 
  • Do you have strong opinions about what they wear or who they see? 
  • Do you call them names and put them down? 
  • Have you ever threatened to hurt yourself if they say they want to leave the relationship? 
  • Do you text them excessively? 
  • Do you monitor their calls and emails? 
  • Does drinking or drug use trigger any negative behaviour towards them? 
  • Do you ever use force in an argument – including using your physical presence to intimidate? 
  • Do you think they are responsible or your problems or feelings? 
  • Do you force them to do anything they don’t want to? 

If you display any of these behaviours you are causing pain to the people you love. 

Choose to stop. 

We know taking that first step to change can be difficult however we will support you to make positive change for yourself.

Below is the list of programmes which are delivered here within Wirral which can help:


Drive Programme -  via MARAC only  (Male & Female)

Drive believes domestic abuse is not acceptable or inevitable. Drive works with high-harm, high-risk and serial perpetrators of domestic abuse to prevent their abusive behaviour and protect victims. High-risk, high-harm perpetrators are those who have been assessed as posing a risk of serious harm or murder to people they are in intimate or family relationships with. Drive challenges and supports perpetrators to change and works with partner agencies – like the police and social services – to disrupt abuse.  Drive advocates for changes to national systems so that perpetrators posing all levels of risk can no longer get away with abusive behaviour and can access the help they need to stop. 

We aim to make adult and child victims and survivors safer. 

*This applies whatever the gender of the victim or perpetrator and whatever the nature of their relationship. 


Caring Dads - (Male only) delivered by Wirral Council / Involve North West / WEB Merseyside

Caring Dads is a 17 week programme for men aimed at reducing abusive and harmful behaviours towards children and/or women. The men must be spending time with their children in order to complete the course.

Caring dads develops trust with the men, increasing their awareness of abusive behaviours and the consequences whilst helping them to take responsibility for their actions. Men are encouraged to think about their childhood experiences, consider how they want their children to feel and what they need to do to make their children feel safe and happy. The group also looks at how the men behave towards their partners and ex-partners, the impact of their abusive behaviours and strategies for managing their own frustrations. Models and strategies used include child centred parenting, cognitive behavioural therapy and goal-centred and solution focused solution-focused approaches.

Please fill in the referral form below and return to

Caring Dad's Referral


Bridgeway - coming soon 

 Information coming soon 


Changing Me - Tomorrow's Women (Female only) 

Information coming soon 


Leaf - Open Door Charity (child on parent) 

Supporting inter-family dynamics which may result in aggression or communication breakdown between adults and children. Adults will be invited to engage with small group sessions of our Colours programme, which will help them address and work with the stressors within their life. In addition to this, monthly meet-up with LEAF members in similar situations within an empowering environment to talk about mental health and speak truthfully with each other. LEAF also has the offer of de-escalation training to help ease family relations within the home, and support adults in making the change themselves. 


Who's in Charge - Family Matters (child on parent) 

9 week child to parent violence (CPV) programme aimed at parents whose children are being abusive or violent toward them or who appear out of parental control. The structure of the programme consists of 8 two and a half hour sessions with a two-month follow up. The programme aims to reduce parent’s feelings of isolation, challenge parent’s feelings of guilt, lessen deterministic thinking about causes, reinforce belief in possibility of change, clarify boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, arm parents with some simple concepts that have proved empowering, examine strategies for creating meaningful and practical consequences for unacceptable behaviour. Explore anger, both children’s and parents’, encourage assertiveness, encourage self-care, reinforce progress and provide emotional support while parents are attempting to become more assertive parents.