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Caledonian System Launch


The Caledonian System, for perpetrators and victims of Domestic Abuse, was formally launched on 1 September 2011 at an event at Raploch Campus, Stirling attended by local MSP and Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson.


Photo: Michael Matheson MSP (third left) at the launch with Councillors Margaret Kennedy, Jim Blackwood, Graham Houston, Janet Cadenhead (centre), Cecil Meiklejohn, and Paul Owens.

The Caledonian System builds on the work done by previous domestic abuse programmes in Forth Valley. It provides a more integrated approach to addressing the perpetrator’s offending behaviour and the needs of the woman and children affected by the abuse.

It focuses on three main areas of intervention:

  • Challenging the behaviour and attitudes of men convicted of domestic violence offences through an extended programme of individual and group sessions;
  • Supporting women who are victims of domestic abuse through advice, risk assessment and emotional support;
  • Ensuring the needs and the rights of children within affected families are met.

The Caledonian System is based on extensive research undertaken with abusers and experience of field workers.

Cllr Jim Blackwood, Convener of Falkirk Council’s Housing and Social Care Committee said: ‘Falkirk Council is fully supportive of this work and is pleased to be hosting this Service, on behalf of Fife & Forth Valley Community Justice Authority. We will be working closely with our partner agencies across Forth Valley to ensure that we can intervene and help tackle domestic abuse.’

Males are referred to the System on conviction of offences involving domestic abuse and are placed on a probation or Community Payback Order. A programme of 14 individual sessions and 26 groupwork sessions are held and progress reviewed.

The Caledonian System in Forth Valley is delivered in partnership with the Forth Valley Accredited Programmes Team, Sacro Groupwork Services, and Criminal Justice Social Work services in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling.


Audit Scotland report on Scotland's Criminal Justice System


On 6th September Audit Scotland published its report, An Overview of Scotland’s criminal justice system, which provides, for the first time, an overview of how much public money is spent on Scotland’s criminal justice system, what that money delivers and where there is potential to improve efficiency and effectiveness.  The key messages are:

Read more: Audit Scotland report on Scotland's Criminal Justice System


Women's Mentoring Services

13 APRIL 2011 

 Women's Mentoring Services in Fife and Forth Valley and North and South Lanarkshire.

Read more: Women's Mentoring Services


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