The Caledonian System is an integrated approach to address domestic abuse by men
towards a female partner or ex-partner. It works with men convicted of domestic
abuse related offences to reduce their reoffending and improve the lives of women,
children and the men.
The Caledonian System comprises:
- The Men's Service – a programme of work lasting at least two years comprising preparation
and motivation sessions; a groupwork programme of 26 sessions and post group work.
- The Women's Service – safety planning, information, advice and emotional support
to women partners and ex-partners.
- The Children's Service – ensures the needs of the children whose parents are involved
with the Caledonian System are met and their rights upheld.
The man is assessed to ensure his suitability for the programme. The programme assessor
collects information on his pattern of offending, risk of re-offending, impact of
his offending and his motivation to change. A programme assessment report is submitted
to court outlining the man's suitability for the programme.
Referrals to the programme
Men are referred to the programme if they have been convicted of offences involving
domestic abuse. Referrals are taken from Sheriff Courts and Criminal Justice Social
The Caledonian System in Forth Valley is delivered in partnership with the Forth
Valley Accredited Programmes Team (FVAPT); Sacro Groupwork Services; Falkirk, Stirling
and Clackmannanshire Criminal Justice Social Work Services. FVAPT also manages the
Women and Children's services.