Final congress of European project IMPACT

After more than two years’ work developing and carrying out the project, the European partners of project IMPACT were delighted to reach what was a very warm and hospitable Barcelona in October 2014 to launch the final report and finalise the last revisions of the evaluation toolkit.

A long day of conference presentations from around the EU work with perpetrators and a guest speaker from the US was followed by a more intensive day of workshop discussion of the evaluation toolkit which Respect had worked on with our partners in Spain and under guidance form our research collaborators in Bristol led by Professor Marianne Hester.

We were also thrilled to take part in a march of men’s solidarity with Circle of VAWG activists in Barcelona October 2014women, to show their commitment to ending violence against women. This march culminated in a beautiful candlelit rally in one of Barcelona’s most beautiful squares, with speakers in Spanish and English calling for an end to violence against women and girls.

The final translation and layout of the IMPACT evaluation toolkit is being carried out at the moment and the kit will be available online soon.

The various working papers are available to download now:

Working Paper 1: Outcome measurement in European pepretrator programes: a survey

Working Paper 2: Overview and Analysis of Research Studies Evaluating European Perpetrator Programmes

Working Paper 3: Possibilities for multi-site multi-country European evaluation studies on domestic violence perpetrator programmes

The process has been challenging, fascinating and very inspiring – we have had to think hard about what we want to achieve in work with men who use intimate partner violence. Along the way we have considered whether we are working with the men who most need our help or the ones who are most likely to change anyway – we’re really not sure yet and hope that future work, probably using the online evaluation toolkit in some way, will help us to learn more. We’ve had very tough discussions about language – how to work across language differences but also how to describe and therefore conceptualise what we are doing and who we are working for. Should we call the men we work with “perpetrators”, or “men who are currently using intimate partner violence”, or something else? To what extent should the work we do be focussing on gender? How much can be achieved with a psychological approach? What is it that groupwork offers which individual work doesn’t and vice versa?

Some people had very strong feelings and a lot was learnt and shared during the partners’ meetings and also in the intensive consultation workshops with practitioners – both those working with women (as survivors) and those working with men (and sometimes women) who use partner abuse.

We now have a report (see link above) which can help inform future decisions about whether or not it is possible to do an EU-wide multi-site evaluation of interventions to stop perpetration of intimate partner violence.

I’ve deliberately chosen to use various terms in this blog post for what we do – it’s intended to prompt more thinking about this.

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