Online Delivery of the Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit

Domestic Abuse


15th February 2022


Laura Harris

The Project

In September 2020 Rock Pool was awarded £85,350 from the Big Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund to work with nine partners to pilot delivering the Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit via an online platform. Before the outbreak of COVID-19 the Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit was delivered in a classroom, face to face for two hours a week over 12 weeks. The online version of the programme was delivered for 40 online programmes to 233 participants from October 2020 to April 2021.

The Partners

Nine partners trialed and tested an online version of the programme:

  • The SUsie Programme at Barnardo’s Cornwall
  • Birmingham Children’s Trust
  •  Feathers Futures – Great Yarmouth
  • Wight DASH – Isles of Wight
  • Swindon Women’s Aid
  • Nottingham Women’s Aid
  • West Mercia Women’s Aid
  • I Am Cherished – Hertfordshire
  • Safe in Sussex

Impact of the programme

Feedback from delivery partners and participants demonstrated that the online programme delivered the same key outcomes as the “in-room” programme. This included the following benefits:

  1. Enables individuals to understand they were not at fault or responsible for the abuse they experienced.
  2. Enables individuals to identify the coercion and control they have experienced and has given them techniques to address this.
  3. Enables participants to realise that they are not alone in their experiences, that others share similar experiences and also that recovery is possible.
  4. Significantly improves individual self-esteem and assertiveness in a way that means they can negotiate healthier lifestyles and remain abuse free.
  5. Provides real hope and potential for participants to have in the future abuse free lives and improved relationships with their children.

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