The Choices Programme

The CHOICES programme is a national intervention programme introduced by COSC as part of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender based Violence 2016-21.

MOVE Ireland, MEND and the Probation Service all deliver the same programme.

It is a professionally led group intervention to enable men to learn from and support each other.

Participants also receive up to ten individual sessions. The purpose of the individual session is to assess suitability for the intervention, prepare the men for group work, goal setting and follow up support to prevent relapse.

The group functions in some areas as a rolling group so that when a man completes the sessions he is replaced by another man.

Much of this work uses a cognitive behavioural approach focusing on motivation, responsibility, safety and acknowledgment.

The modules are on particular themes and help participants to:

  • Learn about the effects and consequences of domestic violence on their partner and family.
  • Participate in group sessions with other individuals who have behaved in a similar way.
  • Talk openly about their behaviour and the people affected by it.
  • Identify the beliefs and attitudes which underpin violence and abuse.
  • Cope with their behaviour and feelings in difficult situations.
  • Learn how to react without being abusive.
  • Learn about respect and responsible parenting.
  • Learn to understand and recognise the need to change their behaviour.

In areas where it is not possible to run a group programme, individual sessions may be offered.

Partner Contact Service

Women’s Support Service is also offered to men’s current/ex partners to give independent support whilst he is on the programme and 3 months after he is left the programme. This is an integral part of the programme.

Whilst every effort is made to engage with the current or ex-partner, MOVE Ireland fully appreciates that some women will chose not to take up the offer of support. Click here to read more about that service.

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During the Covid 19 pandemic, MOVE Ireland will continue to work with men who are worried about their behaviour to their partner or ex partner.
We have suspended all face to face support but will continue to take new referrals and offer phone and on-line support to men and their (ex)partners.
If you are worried about your behaviour please contact any of the phone numbers in the contact us page.

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