Working with perpetrators of domestic abuse

Working with people who use violence or abuse in their intimate relationships can be challenging, and many agencies in Richmond upon Thames are likely to come into contact with perpetrators of domestic abuse, either directly or indirectly.

Programmes to address abusive behaviour

Knowing where to access advice around work with perpetrators (and where to make referrals for those seeking support) is important, particularly to keep the focus on the safety of victims of domestic abuse and any children, and to hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions.

It is important that perpetrators of domestic violence are not referred to interventions such as anger management, generic counselling or for mediation between the perpetrator and victim.

Respect

Respect is the UK membership association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services. The key focus is on increasing the safety of those experiencing domestic violence through promoting effective interventions with perpetrators.

It runs the Respect Phoneline, an information and advice line for people who are concerned about their abusive and/or violent behaviour towards their partners.

Professionals can also request the document ‘Guidelines for working with domestic violence perpetrators’.

Contact the Respect Phoneline on 0808 802 4040, by email at info@respectphoneline.org.uk or go to www.respectphoneline.org.uk.

More sources of help

Contact

If you have any questions or comments,contact:

Ellen Tabback - Domestic Abuse Coordinator
Community Safety Partnership
3rd Floor
Civic Centre
Twickenham
TW1 3BZ

Telephone: 0208 487 5349
Email: ellen.tabback@richmond.gov.uk

Updated: 1 March 2016