Working with domestic violence perpetrators

Respect offers a range of specialist courses for Frontline Workers who want to improve and develop the skills they need to work effectively with perpetrators of domestic violence.

Each course concentrates on a specialist area of domestic violence, and is led by a highly skilled, passionate trainer who has expert knowledge on the topics they focus on. However, the overall aim of our training courses always remains the same: to ensure that work with perpetrators is safe and effective.

To book your place on one of our open access courses, or to find out when the next training course is taking place, have a look at our training calendar now.

You can also commission training courses to be delivered to your staff team. To find out more about commissioned courses please contact our Training Officer, Abigail Jones: Abigail.jones@respect.uk.net or +442039700527.

Find out more about the perpetrator training courses we offer below:

Better Engagement with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence±

The aim of this course is to increase understanding of the dynamics behind domestic violence and abuse. The course focuses on giving participants useful knowledge and tangible skills, such as early identification techniques, methods to increase engagement and motivation for change, and correct referral procedures and pathways.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge or would like an introduction to working with perpetrators.

What will I learn?

Participants on this course will learn about current techniques and research informed best practice designed to improve engagement with perpetrators in order to:

  • Learn about ways to identify perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse
  • Understand the dynamics of why perpetrators use violence and abuse
  • Practice using tools to assess the risk posed by the perpetrator to (ex)partner and children
  • Gain knowledge of the techniques used for initial motivational work with perpetrators
  • Practice how to make appropriate referrals to other agencies upon identification
  • Understand the differences between empathic and collusive working with perpetrators

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is aimed at:

  • Frontline Workers looking for an introduction to perpetrator work
  • Frontline Workers supporting victims of domestic violence who want to understand more about perpetrators
  • Frontline staff who come into contact with perpetrators occasionally, such as Social Workers, Cafcass officers, Counsellors, Healthcare workers etc.

Course length

One day.

Cost

Open Access Training

Respect members: £120 + VAT

Non-members: £156 +VAT

Commissioned Courses

Please email Abigail.jones@respect.uk.net to get a quote for commissioned training courses.

Women Using Violence and Abuse in Intimate Relationships±

It is important to recognise that when women use violence and abuse in intimate partner relationships, gender informed responses are needed for effective interventions. This course aims to teach participants about the categories that are often most applicable to women using violence, and the gender informed responses that frontline workers can apply to these cases.

What will I learn?

Participants will learn how to address women’s use of violence and how this differs to men’s abusive behaviour. This course will aim to ensure participants:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the ways women use intimate partner violence including gendered differences
  • Understand how to identify women who use violence and abuse, and the dangers of incorrect identification
  • Develop ways of identifying who is doing what to whom and with what consequences
  • Develop skills in assessing the risks from and to women who use intimate partner violence
  • Gain skills in responding appropriately to women who use intimate partner violence

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is aimed at:

  • Frontline Workers supporting, or intending to support, women who use violence
  • Frontline Workers who want to improve their understanding of the difference between men and women’s abusive behaviour
  • Frontline staff with a basic understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse

Course length

One day

Cost

Open Access Training

Respect members: £120 + VAT

Non-members: £156 +VAT

Commissioned Courses

Please email Abigail.jones@respect.uk.net to get a quote for commissioned training courses.

Cross Cultural Working with Domestic Violence Perpetrators±

This course will encourage participants to actively reflect on culture, increase understanding on how to engage with effective cross-cultural work with perpetrators of domestic abuse and interrogate cultural biases and barriers that feed into practice.

What will I learn?

Participants will learn how to understand, work with and across different cultures in the diverse ways that culture influences practice.

The course aims to increase awareness and help participants to:

  • Understand the concerns and difficulties related to working cross-culturally in domestic violence intervention work
  • Explore the relationship between culture and other factors influencing clients’ use and justifications for domestic violence
  • Understand how increased cultural awareness can prevent unintentional victim blaming
  • Use practices to motivate clients to choose to change dangerous and abusive behaviours while supporting their right to maintain a sense of cultural identity
  • Develop appropriate and holistic responses which respect service users‘ right to a cultural identity

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is aimed at:

  • Practitioners working with domestic violence perpetrators
  • Practitioners working with victims/survivors
  • Frontline workers who want to understand the impact culture has on those affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Frontline Workers with a basic understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse

Course length

One day

Cost

Open Access Training

Respect members: £120 + VAT

Non-members: £156 +VAT

Commissioned Courses

Please email Abigail.jones@respect.uk.net to get a quote for commissioned training courses.

Risk Assessment±

This course aims to give participants the skills and understanding they need to assess and manage risk relating to frontline work with perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. The course explores the theory of risk, how to identify risks, and how to develop appropriate action plans to keep victims and children safe.

Please note that this course is not suitable for those wishing to become an expert risk assessor in domestic violence and abuse court cases.

What will I learn?

Participants will learn how to asses and manage risks related to domestic violence and abuse perpetrators. The course aims to ensure participants:

  • Learn about the types of risk and the associated indicators for these
  • Learn how to use the Respect risk identification tool for perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse
  • Learn how to link risk identification with assessment of programme suitability
  • Understand how to work in partnership with related services and clients
  • Practice developing actions plans and making appropriate referrals using case studies

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is aimed at:

  • Practitioners working with perpetrators
  • Frontline Workers who want to gain advanced knowledge of the risks surrounding domestic violence
  • Frontline Workers with a basic understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse
  • Frontline staff who come into contact with perpetrators occasionally, such as Social Workers, Cafcass officers, Counsellors, Healthcare workers etc.

Course length

Two days

Cost

Open Access Training

We do not currently have an open-access training courses planned for this training.

Commissioned Courses

Please email abigail.jones@respect.uk.net to get a quote for commissioned training courses.

Individual Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse±

This course is designed for organisation who have set up, or are in the process of setting up, a one-to-one intervention programme for domestic violence and abuse perpetrators. The course explores the difference between group and individual work, when individual work might be more effective, and how to use the Respect Individual Work Programme with perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. The training is participatory and practical, with a strong focus on working interactively with the programme materials.

What will I learn?

Participants will gain the knowledge and skills they need to facilitate the Respect Individual Work Programme. This course will help participants to:

  • Learn why the individual programme was developed, what settings it is designed for, and what agency structures are necessary to support safe practice
  • Understand the challenges related working one-to-one with perpetrators of domestic violence • Understand the balance between programme fidelity and working responsively with individual issues
  • Learn how to analyse specific incidents of abusive behaviour
  • Practice using techniques which tackle denial, minimisation and externalisation of responsibility by the perpetrator
  • Learn to how to help clients identify and practice a broad spectrum of non-abusive behaviours using a range of exercises

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is aimed at:

  • Practitioners working with perpetrators on a one to one basis who want to improve their existing skills
  • Professionals who want to start an individual domestic violence perpetrator programme
  • Professionals with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse

Course length

Four days

Cost

Open Access Training

Respect members: £480 + VAT

Non members: £600 +VAT

Commissioned Courses

Please email abigail.jones@respect.uk.net to get a quote for commissioned training courses.

Working with Men Using Intimate Partner Violence: Essential Skills for Groupwork Facilitators±

This course aims to give participants the skills they need to become a confident group work facilitator, who can motivate perpetrators to change their abusive behaviour. This is a highly experiential course which highlights the range of perpetrator programmes available that can be adopted by organisations.

Please note that Respect does not prescribe a model of work for groupwork programmes.

What will I learn?

Participants on this course will learn how to use a range of skills and techniques effectively in when working with perpetrators in a groupwork, and how to facilitate programmes safely. The course aims to ensure participants:

  • Learn why the groupwork programme was developed, what settings it is designed for, and what agency structures are necessary to support safe practice
  • Understand of key models of work, modules and information currently available within the domestic violence perpetrator sector
  • Understand of the importance and process of co-gendered group facilitation
  • Learn how processes of case management, supervision and treatment management should work in a groupwork setting
  • Practice assessing domestic violence and abuse perpetrators for groupwork suitability
  • Understand how to develop a group in line with the Respect Accreditation Standard
  • Practice devising and running your own groupwork session

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is aimed at:

  • Sector workers who want to start a domestic violence perpetrator programme group
  • Professionals with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse

Course length

Six days

Cost

Open Access Training

Respect members: £720 + VAT

Non-members: £900 +VAT

Commissioned Courses

Please email abigail.jones@respect.uk.net to get a quote for commissioned training courses.