Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™)
Over 40% of adults who have been subjected to domestic abuse have at least one child under the age of 16 years old living in the household (ONS, 2019).
What is DART?
Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART™) provides a service for mothers who have experienced abuse and have separated from abusive male partners. Through DART, children and their mothers can talk to each other about domestic abuse, learn to communicate and rebuild their relationship.
The service, which has been recognised by the Home Office, also provides children and mothers with an opportunity to meet others who have lived through similar experiences (Home Office, 2018).
How it was developed
The development of the programme was based on the “Talking to My Mum” research undertaken by the University
of Warwick (Humphreys, C., Mullender, A., Thiara, R. and Skamballis, A., 2006). The research showed that children’s outcomes are improved if the non-abusing parent is supported to take an active part in the child’s recovery from domestic abuse.
What the programme covers
DART is designed on the premise that many children recover once they are safe from violence (Wolfe et al, 1986; Mertin, 1995). It aims to assist the process by:
- breaking down the idea of a ‘family secret’
- providing greater confidence to mothers in parenting and helping both mothers and their children to move forward as a family unit
- improving communications between mother and child and equipping them with skills to develop positive relationships at home
- helping mothers and their children understand how domestic abuse has impacted their relationship and how to deal with feelings such as, anger, guilt or responsibility.
How effective is DART?
We’ve found that DART has proven positive results for mothers and children. After completing the programme:
- substantial improvements were reported by almost two thirds (62%) of mothers with low self-esteem
- substantially improved relationships were reported by nearly 9 in 10 (88%) children who originally said that their mothers struggled to show them affection.
A robust evaluation of how we support organisations to deliver DART was conducted in 2017 and has helped us continue to improve the support we give.
> Read our implementation evaluation of DART
We have now conducted another evaluation of the organisations we support to deliver DART which showed that licensed sites were equally as successful in achieving positive outcomes for families as NSPCC teams.
> Read our impact evaluation report
> See a full list of evaluation reports for this service
Helping you deliver the service
We want to help you make DART a success. Our pre-implementation support includes an initial discussion call, strategy briefing and readiness assessment.
We will then work with you to launch the service by providing you with high-quality training and access to a range of materials. This includes up to nine hours of post-training debriefs during the first DART group.
You will be supported on an on-going basis throughout the duration of the license. We will provide you with:
- post-implementation site support visits
- an annual service review
- updates and best practice examples via our DART newsletter
- access to community of practice forums, both face-to-face and virtually
- additional training opportunities for your organisation and staff
- useful resources and templates for delivering the service.
How to deliver DART
If you’re interested in delivering DART, we can provide support and training to help your team successfully implement the service in your area.
Email email@example.com for more information about delivering this service.