Mirabal multi site evaluation project
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Mirabal project summary
This research was led by Professor Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University) and Professor Nicole Westmarland (Durham University) with support from Professor Charlotte Watts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, plus a team of researchers from all three universities. It was independent of Respect, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Northern Rock Foundation and LankellyChase Foundation.
The aims were to investigate the extent to which perpetrator programmes reduce violence and increase safety for women and children, and the routes by which they contribute to coordinated community responses to domestic violence.
This research enters a contested arena where questions of methodology and policy direction have reached something of an impasse. By re-casting the research question beyond ‘do they work?’, addressing the limitations of previous studies, and introducing innovative directions in analysis they hope to create a new trajectory for domestic violence perpetrator research and interventions.
The research was started in 2009 and the report published in January 2015. All papers are published on the project web-page: https://www.dur.ac.uk/criva/projectmirabal/
Publications to date
An electronic copy of the full report and other Project Mirabal publications are available at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/criva/projectmirabal
Kelly, L. and Westmarland, N. (2015, in press) Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes: Steps Towards Change. Project Mirabal Final Report. London and Durham: London Metropolitan University and Durham University.
Downes, J., Kelly, L. and Westmarland, N. (2014) Ethics in Violence and Abuse Research – a Positive Empowerment Approach. Sociological Research Online, 19(1)2.
Alderson, S., Kelly, L. and Westmarland, N. (2013) Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes and Children and Young People, London and Durham: London Metropolitan University and Durham University.
Phillips, R., Kelly, L. and Westmarland, N. (2013) Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes: An Historical Overview, London and Durham: London Metropolitan University and Durham University.
Alderson, S., Westmarland, N. and Kelly, L. (2012) The Need for Accountability to, and Support for, Children of Men on Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes. Child Abuse Review, 3, 182-193.
Westmarland, N. and Kelly, L. (2012) (with Kelly) Why extending measurements of ‘success’ in domestic violence perpetrator programmes matters for Social Work. British Journal of Social Work, 43(6), 1092-1110.
Westmarland, N., Kelly, L. and Chalder-Mills, J. (2010) Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes: What Counts as Success? London: Respect.