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Working with perpetrators of domestic abuse

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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 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.

The association 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 guidelines for working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Contact the Respect Phoneline on 0808 802 4040, by email at or visit the Respect website.

Updated: 22 November 2019

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