Understanding and Responding to Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse (Module 3)

Date & Time:

Thursday 22 October 2020 (09.15 - 16.30)

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The Hub, Hazelwell, 318 Vicarage Road Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7NH


It is a pre-requsite that you must have attended Modules 1, Identifying and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control and 2, Working with Those Who Are, or May Be Experiencing Domestic Abuse & Coercive Control prior to attending this course.

Understanding and Responding to Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Ethos informing this training:  Professionals working with the whole family often have less focus on the perpetrator of domestic abuse for many reasons.  It is not unusual to hear professionals focus on the non-abusive parent as opposed to focussing on the perpetrator and the active parenting choices they make.

Overall Aim: Nationally there is a drive to hold perpetrators accountable for their behaviours and the harm this causes to adults and children.  In order for professionals to consider accountability within a contextual framework, they need to feel confident about safe ways to engage the perpetrator in relation to safeguarding and child protection. This course presents a framework for the assessment of differing typologies of domestic abuse, along with best practice messages regarding safe and unsafe interventions so that professionals can apply an evidence based approach to responding to perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Delegates: professionals working with families experiencing domestic abuse whose role involves communication with perpetrators of domestic abuse. This may include social workers, team managers and family workers working within the ‘early help’ arena.

1.       Identify the themes of abusive behaviour and their possible motivation

2.       Develop ways of identifying who is doing what to whom and with what             consequences

3.       Enhance understanding of the challenges posed by perpetrators when assessing domestic abuse

4.       Consider professional responsibility to hold perpetrators to account

5.       Consider perpetrator tactics in relation to the risk of colluding with the perpetrator

6.       Develop confidence regarding the  most effective working practices when seeking to engage perpetrators of domestic abuse

7.       Highlight the need to work within a context of monitoring risk and keeping safety at the focus of all practice


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Sarah Wigley Associates

Venue Details:

The Hub, Hazelwell, 318 Vicarage Road Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7NH