Building Better Relationships

The ‘Building Better Relationships’ (BBR) programme is designed to promote lifelong changes in behaviours and attitudes which, in the past, have resulted in male service users being convicted of intimate partner violence.



The over-arching aims of BBR are to:

  • Empower participants to break their cycle of harmful behaviour and develop better relationships with their families and society
  • Reduce re-offending and promote the safety of current and future partners and children.
  • Work collaboratively with other agencies to assist offenders in managing their risk of intimate partner violence.


By the end of the programme, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the sorts of behaviour that damage relationships
  • Get a better understanding of themselves
  • See how their risk factors play a part in the violence towards their partners
  • Find and build on their strengths and use these to improve their lifestyle and relationships
  • Develop the skills they already have and learn new ones to overcome the difficulties they face that affect their relationships.


BBR consists of 30 sessions, comprising of both group and one-to-one sessions. They are divided into 4 modules:

  • Foundation
  • My Thinking
  • My Emotions
  • My Relationships

Support for victims

Contact will be made with the current or ex-partners of the participant affected by the abuse. A service will be offered that provides safety planning information and support whilst the participants are attending the programme.

RISE Domestic Abuse Safety Advisors (DASA’s) are trained specialists who offer support to individuals who have experienced domestic abuse. Every time RISE facilitators work with a service user on a programme addressing domestic abuse, they will ensure that support is offered to the partner.