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Working with the cause of the problem explains the range of ways in which domestic violence perpetrator programmes help improve the safety of victims and children.

Respect briefing on how DVPPs intervene with perpetration factors links the research on factors leading to domestic violence perpetration to DVPP programme content and our accreditation standard.

There are many different forms of interventions with domestic violence perpetrators in use or under discussion or development around the country.  Our Respect FULL briefing paper Evidence base for interventions with domestic violence perpetrators Jan 2015reviews the current research for the main types and Respect summary briefing paper Evidence base for DV perp interventions is a shorter version of this.

We have also updated our Respect domestic violence perpetrator programme commissioning guidance updated January 2015.

Mirabal project “Briefing Paper number one – What counts as success ” is the result of the pilot year of the Mirabal evaluation, exploring what success means for the men and women who use domestic violence perpetrator programmes, the staff who work on them and the funders.

Coming soon: We are currently completing two briefing new briefing papers to be uploaded shortly. One is on the evidence base for work with women who use intimate partner violence. The other is on the evidence base for work with men experiencing intimate partner violence. Look out for these and for notices about them in forthcoming email updates and newsletter.

Evidence of success of domestic violence perpetrator programmes

DVPPs can contribute to the safety of victims and children in many ways. Our briefing paper Working with the source of the problem describes how these can include:

  • Perpetrators ending their abusive behaviour
  • DVPPs contributing to local risk and safeguarding processes for victims and children
  • Fathers addressing the impact of their abusive behaviour on their children

Research on DVPPs is still developing and is notoriously tricky to carry out with a pure medical model of research with a randomised allocation to different interventions and a control group – our Bristol University partner in the IMPACT project has reviewed this.

  • Respect staff recently calculated that there is demand for over 40,000 DVPP places for non convicted domestic violence abusers in England alone, from referrals from children’s services, police, Relate, and the Respect Phoneline (presented to Home Office roundtable November 2012).

DVPPs, when well run and integrated into a coordinated community response, have an impact on men’s violence and women’s safety (Gondolf, 2003)

Research on the Hull DVPP (Perfect Moment, 2010) showed a significant return on investment. For every individual man who received the intervention the estimated saving to the public purse was:

  • £63,937 per man;
  • £35,058 per partner/ex-partner (in practice here, per woman)
  • £1,172 per child.

This was calculated using the Home office ready reckoner for costs of domestic violence and impact evaluation of the reductions in police call outs and other police interventions for men who attended this programme.

Overall, this means that for every £1 invested in a DVPP, the return is:

  • £2.24 in reduced criminality (excluding set-up costs)
  • £2.57 in net savings to the Health Service
  • £10 in savings to all public agencies
  • £14 in total savings when Human & Emotional costs are included (including all set-up costs).