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Manx offenders offered anger management support

Offenders in the Isle of Man are to be offered places on new anger management courses run by the Probation Service.

The courses are for those referred by the courts on conviction of an offence where anger issues may have played a part, for example domestic violence.

They aim to provide alternative ways of dealing with conflict situations, chief probation officer David Sellick said.

They were trialled last year and devised by the Probation Service's clinical psychologist.

Keep a diary

Anger management course administrator Anne Dooley added: "As part of the court process, a probation officer may have identified that a particular offender would benefit from attending the programme.

"How it works is that people attending are asked to keep a diary. Very often as the course progresses, they can identify reasons for their anger and in some cases trace it back to a cause, often going back years."

The first course is due to start on 4 March.

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