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Work with domestic abuse perpetrators: from early interventions to highest harm


Tuesday, 8 October 2019 from 10:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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This year’s event showcases early interventions to engage perpetrators, as well as approaches for those who cause the highest harm. We are exploring masculinity and gender norms as the context that enables domestic violence and abuse (and other forms of VAWG). 


Keynote presentations

  • Dr Jane Monckton-Smith, from University of Gloucestershire, will present her model for tracking the eight-stage relationship progression to homicide.

  • Linda Cerdeira from Promundo will discuss masculinities and the state of the World’s Fathers Report. Promundo is a global leader in engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and preventing violence.

Main themes

  • Technology as an intervention tool for perpetrator work;
  • Development of community-based responses to perpetrators;
  • Perpetrators in the early stages of help-seeking: their views as service users;
  • Shifting resistance to responsibility so behaviour change in perpetrators can start;
  • Drive Partnership: disrupting high risk perpetrators


Duncan Shrubsole, Director of Policy, Communications and Research, Lloyds Banking Foundation. 



  • Tracking an eight-stage relationship progression to homicide, Dr Jane Monckton-Smith, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Gloucestershire

Dr Monckton-Smith has developed a model of eight stages of domestic homicides by researching 372 killings in the UK. Her recent paper (published in Violence Against Women Journal) has garnered national and international focus. Dr Monckton Smith has taught her model to lawyers, probation officers, psychologists and police forces.

  • (Re)thinking Masculinities. Linda Cerdeira, Promundo 

Linda Cerdeira will present data on the costs of toxic models of masculinities from Promundo's ManBox report and the State of the World's Fathers report.

  • Perpetrators in the early stages of help-seeking: Views of service users, Professor Nicole Westmarland and Dr Stephen Burrell, Durham University

Professor Nicole Westmarland and Dr Stephen Burrell interviewed perpetrators who called the Respect Phoneline. The findings of the helpline evaluation will give insight in lessons to inform effective work with perpetrators to stop domestic abuse.

  • Launch of Respond to Abuse: a new digital tool for Frontline Workers, Seem Alsasa from Hestia and Ippo Panteloudakis from Respect

Respect and Hestia are launching Respond to Abuse, an app for Frontline Workers who come into contact with perpetrators of domestic abuse. It’s aimed at those who do not routinely work with perpetrators and, therefore, have not necessarily accessed relevant training. This may include healthcare practitioners, teachers, therapists, housing officers and others. The app provides advice, guidance and resources to help Workers engage effectively with perpetrators and signpost them appropriately.



  • Engaging with men and boys to change gendered social norms, Workshop with Professor Nicole Westmarland and Dr Stephen Burrell, Durham University

This workshop will discuss findings from research commissioned by the Government Equalities Office about norms of masculinity in the UK today, and how to engage men and boys in transformative discussions about issues connected to gender, relationships, health and wellbeing, and violence against women and girls. It will consider how an awareness of gender norms can help us to understand the causes of domestic violence, and how to work effectively with perpetrators of abuse.

  • Resistance, receptivity & responsibility, Paul Wolf-Light, Ahimsa

This workshop will look at some basic approaches that support the shifting of resistance & denial towards receptivity & responsibility, so as to begin the process of behavioural & attitudinal change. In particular, how to recognise the type of opportunities that arise for receptive intervention; the purpose & value of getting individuals to connect with their direct body experience as a means of cultivating receptivity & relationship, & how to facilitate this; how to support & use the principle of responsibility to continually motivate & challenge individuals.

  • Under control: designing technologies for challenging domestically violent behaviours, Rosanna Bellini, Newcastle University, OpenLab

Can digital tools be designed to challenge, support and educate perpetrators who have or are currently using violence within intimate relationships? Within this participatory workshop, I’ll be presenting the technical systems and services that I’ve designed from my doctoral research and invite participants to become engaged in creative design activities that encourage them to share their own ideas of technology systems, and what benefits and challenges these may bring within perpetrator interventions.

  • Working in partnership to deliver Projects, Vic Cousins, Respect and Sarah Norburn, Lincolnshire Police

Vic Cousins, Director of Make a Change and Sarah Norburn, the Domestic Abuse Coordinator for Lincolnshire discuss the key ingredients for successful partnership working, some of the challenges and the benefits to working together across statutory and VCS services to deliver an early response for those using abusive behaviours in their relationships.

  • What role can housing play in relation to perpetrators as part of a coordinated community response? Dr Kelly Henderson Northumbria Police and DAHA Cofounder

This workshop will highlight the ways in which housing providers can positively engage with perpetrators of abuse and what other responses they can offer. Kelly will highlight the issue of housing as an issue in engaging men in addressing their abusive behaviour with examples from various perpetrator focused responses and highlight the housing needs and experiences of men on a DVPP. 

  • Developing Gender Transformative Methodologies, Linda Cerdeira, Promundo 

Gender norms, roles and relations are powerful determinants of the health, social and economic well-being of individuals and communities around the world. Linda will be discussing Promundo’s Theory of Change model for designing successful projects that encourage norms that reinforce or accommodate violent behaviours to be challenged and reformulated on both an individual and community level

  • DRIVE and work with complex/ high harm perpetrators, Rosie Jarvis, Respect
  • Presenting early findings from the men and boys survey, Martha Tomlinson and Josh Taylor, Safelives
  • The new Domestic Abuse bill, EVAW, Rights of Women, Respect




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Amnesty International UK
25 New Inn Yard
EC2A 3EA London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 from 10:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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Respect is a pioneering UK domestic abuse charity, leading the development of safe, effective work with perpetrators, with young people who are abusive and with male victims. 

Respect supports frontline organisations across the UK, so that together we can end domestic abuse.  Our work is wide ranging: we offer accreditation of specialist services; we provide training for individuals and organisations working in the sector; we work in partnership with others to innovate and develop practice; we provide two helplines to enable service users to get the help and advice they need; we lobby influencers to improve policy and practice; we support up-to-date research undertaken by specialists in the field; and we fundraise to ensure important work continues to happen.

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