Domestic abuse interventions – what works?

Domestic abuse is a significant public health issue affecting individuals and communities. There is, as yet, limited understanding about how community-based perpetrators programmes can be put into practice to bring about change.

NIHR SPHR researchers at The University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and School of Nursing and Midwifery have evaluated an innovative voluntary programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse in Doncaster to understand the effectiveness of programme components and the wider social outcomes. The evaluation was developed collaboratively between the research team and the Doncaster ‘Foundation for Change’ programme staff – which helped gain valuable insights into the programme.

On Tuesday 28 March 2017, researchers will present their findings at the Drama Hall at Doncaster College. The event will provide an opportunity for interaction and discussion with interested groups including those who deliver domestic abuse perpetrator programmes, victim support services, voluntary organisations providing support to victims and perpetrators, public health practitioners, service user groups (victims and perpetrators), and members of the criminal justice system. The event will explore:

  • What is the current provision of domestic violence services in Yorkshire and Humber and how can this be improved?
  • What should a perpetrator programme look like and what should it include?
  • How can perpetrator programmes be co-ordinated with other domestic abuse services?
  • How can we inform future commissioning decisions for domestic abuse?

The event will also provide an opportunity to listen to leading academics, domestic abuse practitioners, public health practitioners, and commissioners from Yorkshire and Humber.

Keynote speaker, Professor Nicky Stanley will share her work about effective components of domestic abuse interventions for children and parents.

For more information about the Evaluation of the Doncaster ‘Foundation for Change’ programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse visit: http://scharr.dept.shef.ac.uk/sphr/our-projects/foundation-for-change-domestic-abuse-perpetrators-programme/

Or contact:

Parveen Ali – Lecturer, The School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield

Steven Ariss – Senior Research Fellow, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield