The findings of the Mirabal multi-site research into the outcomes of men’s participation in Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes (DVPPs) were launched in January 2015 at two high profile events in London and Durham.
In summary, the research found out that Respect accredited programmes work. Of those men who completed a Respect accredited programme:
- All of them stopped using sexual violence
- Most stopped using physical violence
- Most of them reduced most forms of emotional abuse
It also found that most women said they felt safer as a result and that men valued the group as a way of helping them to change.
Professor Liz Kelly and Professor Nicole Westmarland presented their findings and Dr Natasha Howard was also on hand to answer questions about the statistical analysis. Professor Dave Gadd also spoke about his research “Boys to Men”, on young men and domestic violence and Professor Catherine Donovan and Dr Rebecca Barnes about the Coral project on domestic violence involving lesbian, bisexual, gay and/or transgender people. Sinead Bloomfield from the National Offender Management Service was due to give a presentation on domestic violence perpetrator programmes in the English and Welsh Criminal Justice System but unfortunately was not well.
As a result of this, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour featured Professor Liz Kelly and DVIP’s Practice Manager Phil Price, talking about the impact of programmes on men, why groups work and how.
Jo Todd, Respect CEO, gave us an exciting presentation on Respect’s response to the Mirabal research (click to download:Jo Todd Mirabal Launch FINAL presentation).
Following up we are planning a series of dissemination events for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to unpick what we can learn from all these pieces of research and also the PROVIDE research on men as victims and as perpetrators in health settings.
Watch this space!