National guidance to probation areas states that offenders sentenced to a community order with a requirement to attend an accredited domestic violence programme should commence the group work programme by the 12th week of the order. In some cases this timeline can be altered at the discretion of the offender manager. There is no timetable for offenders on licence.
Offenders waiting for a place on a domestic violence programme are under the supervision of their offender manager. The offender manager will monitor the risk posed by the offender and manage it. Additionally the offender manager will normally prepare offenders for the programmes by carrying out set work. This can take between six and 12 weeks.