Silence the Violence (STV) is a social learning cognitive-behaviour programme based on therapeutic methods leading to pro-social behaviour-change, self-awareness and pro-social identity on the part of participants. Furthermore, it’s an intervention that reduces violence and changes anti-social behaviour contributing to a reduction in violence/assaults whilst offering longer term positive effects on reducing re-offending with other supports. It is well-suited to the needs of individuals facing significant personal barriers in their lives such as serving offenders and ex-offenders resettling into the community.

The programme is made up of 10 modules of 2-3 hour facilitated sessions (usually run over 5 days) incorporating both individual and group attention. It is followed-up with 1:1 support and can involve additional group work and/or “booster” sessions pre-release. Silence the Violence benefits from a well-structured manual, making it replicable across the prison estate, while the process allows for individualisation and participant-led learning.

STV incorporates the following methodologies and approaches:

  • Group Therapy & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy pages;
  • Developmental/Strengths based approach;
  • Coaching, role-play, problem solving, emotional management and conflict resolution.

Unique to the UK

  • High-impact, short duration course;
  • Unique blend of techniques and supporting theories to effect significant individual change;
  • Meets standards contained within NOMS PSO 4350 “Effective Regime Interventions” and has approved status;
  • Compliant with international “What Works: Reducing Reoffending” criteria;
  • Shown to reflect evidence of Good Lives Model and Post Traumatic Growth approach to distance;
  • Strong evaluation and independent data shows the programme has a significant impact on improving pro-social behaviour and coping skills while and reducing violence and aggressive tendencies.

Learning Outcomes include

  • Recognition of high risk situations including techniques to avoid or cope with them & triggers to aggressive behaviour;
  • Ability to recognise the three levels of violence and greater awareness of their damaging effects;
  • An understanding of violence and its origins;
  • Improved listening skills and greater empathy for others;
  • Development of Emotional Intelligence;
  • Enhanced self-expression and self-awareness;
  • Improved relationships;
  • Improved self-care and motivation.

Target Audience

  • Males and females with a history of violent offending;
  • Vulnerable young people in schools, PRUs, colleges, YOT supervision and/or other services;
  • Offenders in custody (children, youth, adults): rehabilitation or pre-release programme;
  • Ex-offenders in resettlement programmes or part of existing support networks.