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 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 or go to

More sources of help


If you have any questions or comments,contact:

Jenny Iliff - Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime Manager
Community Safety Partnership
3rd Floor
Civic Centre

Telephone: 020 8871 6437



Updated: 12 April 2018