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HIOW CRC offers a comprehensive range of accredited programmes and activities to help people to understand the reasons behind why they have committed their offences, and to look at ways to stop them from repeating the behaviour.

A range of activities have also been developed that tackle offending behaviour.

Our programmes and activities are described below:


Resolve is a group-work programme designed to reduce re-offending by adult male offenders who are 18 years and over and who have been convicted of violent offences. It aims to reduce the likelihood and seriousness of violent and aggressive behaviour in male offenders by developing each participant’s understanding of their own paths into violent offending and their continued use of violence. RESOLVE, which is an accredited programme, offers offenders skills and strategies to avoid the use of violence. A range of exercises and methods are used in the sessions to keep offenders engaged and motivated.

Participants will be able to:

  • understand when and why people use violence and aggression
  • recognise thoughts, feelings, behaviours and situations that underpin their violence
  • devise practical and sustainable strategies to desist from violent behaviour
  • build on strengths to improve self-control
  • help participants to develop an awareness of their personal and situational factors that reinforce and maintain their use of violence
  • encourage participants to identify, use and build on existing strengths and skills, and to develop new skills to change their thinking and their behaviour
  • help offenders to develop practical and sustainable strategies for maintaining change once they have completed and left the programme.

Who is eligible:

  • males with an index offence for violence – instrumental or emotionally driven
  • violence including verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, blackmail, physical violence and criminal damage
  • medium/High risk of violent reconviction but High ROSH
  • NOT suitable for females; perpetrators of domestic abuse; sexually motivated offences; those with serious mental health problems; those unlikely to achieve learning outcomes e.g. severe drug dependency
  • minimum order duration – 12 months

The accredited Drink Impaired Drivers programme is designed to teach offenders how to avoid driving whenever they have been drinking. It does this by means of a structured accredited programme which tackles the offender’s poor planning, ignorance of alcohol and its effects, lack of consideration for others and poor decision making skills, etc. It does not specifically aim to control problem drinking, but to ensure that drinking of any sort is not followed by driving. They will also be required to keep appointments with their supervising officer.

Participants will be able to:

  • understand levels of alcohol units and consumption
  • generate alternatives to drink driving
  • control thoughts, feelings and actions
  • demonstrate changed attitudes to drink driving
  • forward plan and improve decision-making skills
  • identify ways in which they can prevent re-offending
  • changing attitudes to drink driving
  • improving self-confidence and motivation to change things that have led to offending
  • knowing what they have to do to solve problems using a step-by-step approach

Who is eligible:

  • male and female offenders aged 18 or over
  • not for offenders with five or more previous convictions of any sort
  • not for those with serious drug /alcohol problems
  • not for first drink/drive convictions (unless it was aggravated e.g. more than twice over the legal limit and/or had been involved in a road accident)
  • completion of referral form where necessary
  • minimum order duration – twelve months

Building Better Relationships is a nationally accredited programme designed to reduce re-offending by adult male offenders convicted of intimate partner violence. The programme, based on group work, takes into account recent developments in thinking and research in relation to aggression within relationships.

Target outcomes:

  • participants will be able to:
  • learn more about the types of behaviour that damage relationships
  • gain a better understanding of themselves
  • understand how their personal issues play a part in the violence they show to their partners
  • discover their strengths and build on them to improve their relationships
  • develop their skills and learn new ones to overcome difficulties.

Who is eligible:

  • male offenders
  • offenders whose violence is exclusive to same sex relationships
  • offenders with serious mental health problems
  • offenders judged unlikely to achieve the learning outcomes because of, for example, severe drug dependency

An intensive and demanding accredited cognitive skills programme that addresses thinking and behaviours associated with offending.

Target outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate improved problem-solving and goal setting skills
  • Demonstrate improved emotional self-management
  • Consider other people’s perspectives and emotional responses
  • Develop more positive relationships

Who is eligible?

  • For those who demonstrate thinking deficits
  • Suitable for those with dyslexia, literacy or language needs
  • Males and females
  • Unsuitable for index offences; domestic abuse perpetrators; substance misuse dependents
  • Minimum order duration – twelve months

Courses we deliver in Hampshire & Isle of Wight

This course is for offenders who have committed a crime in which alcohol consumption was a contributory factor.