Perpetrators

Domestic violence perpetrators: Identifying needs to inform early intervention

This joint project between the University of Bristol and the Home Office was first published in April 2006 and was particularly interesting in that it highlighted the help-seeking strategies of perpetrators who wanted to chnage their behaviour i.e. they went to their GPs. An executive summary is also available.

Domestic violence perpetrator programmes: Steps toward change

Project Mirabal was a major research project which lasted from 2009 to 2015. Professors Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University), Nicole Westmarland (Durham University), and Charlotte Watts (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Northern Rock Foundation to investigate the extent to which perpetrator programmes reduce violence and increase safety for women and children, and the routes by which they contribute to coordinated community responses to domestic violence.

“Time Out”: A Strategy for Reducing Men’s Violence Against Women in Relationships?

This article critically explores accounts of how men attending domestic violence perpetrator programs (DVPP) used the “time out” strategy. Findings are drawn from 71 semi-structured interviews with 44 men attending DVPPs and 27 female partners or ex-partners of men in DVPPs. The authors describe three ways in which the technique was used: first, as intended, to interrupt potential physical violence; second, through the effective adaption of the time-out rules by victim-survivors; and finally, misappropriation by some men to continue and extend their controlling behaviors.

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