New report draws attention to agencies focusing more on perpetrators of domestic abuse

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A report has been published by HM Inspectorate of Probation, HMICFRS, Care Quality Commission and OFSTED focusing on domestic abuse being a public health issue. The report focuses on good practice taking place in different parts of England but also draws attention to their findings that professionals aren’t focusing enough on perpetrators in their work.

The inspectorate considered six local areas in England including Bradford, Hampshire, Hounslow, Lincolnshire, Salford and Wiltshire. Their work included conducting a literature review considering national relevant data, speaking to survivors of domestic abuse, surveyed teachers in schools and sharing findings with stakeholders. They concluded that the volume of activity that domestic violence creates for agencies is so great that it requires sophisticated systems and well co-ordinated processes. They called for the next step to be considering long term approaches towards preventing domestic abuse which will involve a societal change in the concept of domestic abuse.

When focusing on perpetrators the report concluded ‘Change must start with a more systematic focus on perpetrators’ behaviour and preventing their abuse of their victims. By not taking this step forward the cost to victims and children, and to the public purse, will remain high.’

You can access this report here.

 

16 days of action against gender based violence – events at Worcester University

Worcester University are running a number of events towards the end of November at the Centre for Violence Prevention Research. The launch of these events will be on 24th November 1-4pm. There will be an opportunity for stakeholders to gain understanding of recent work conducted at the Centre for Violence Prevention. This will take the form of short presentations showcasing a number of projects on DV in relation to: stalking and harassment, substance use and alcohol, intellectual disabilities and the family court system.

There will also be opportunities to discuss your work with attendees and network. The event is free.

If you would like to attend please contact Ester Dobson on 01905 542711 or e.dobson@worc.ac.uk

 

Podcast ‘What’s the Crack’ discussing Intimate Partner Violence and substance use

A new podcast is available called ‘What’s the Crack’ discussing intimate partner violence (IPV) and substance use. The podcast takes the form of an interview with Dr Gail Gilchrist. Gail discusses national and international studies she has conducted alongside other researchers on substance use and perpetration of IPV.  She highlights unmet need in treatment services to identify and treat this violence. Research shows that there is a strong link between substance use and IPV (which includes both emotional abuse and physical perpetration). This podcast details the many reasons why this population of men may perpetrate violence more than the general population. For example perpetrators may have experienced childhood abuse themselves, witnessing DV in childhood, have mental health problems and have seen general violence in their childhood and perpetrated violence more generally.

Each episode of What’s the Crack draws on knowledge or research in drugs field the researchers Rob Calder, Lindsey Hines and Elle Wadsworth are based at the National Addiction Centre at Kings College London. The aim of the podcasts is move away from one dimensional news coverage and combine a pool of expertise that covers chemistry, psychology and addiction treatment. The research interests for the podcasts are broad including the causes of addiction, drug sales on the hidden web, policy, and the use of cannabis, alcohol, tobacco and opiates.

You can listen to this podcast by clicking here.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

We would like to draw you attention to October as being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You may be planning to encourage awareness and create some interesting event or materials, you could plan an event to coincide with the 18th annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day. This year it is taking place on Wednesday, October 11th  the events aim to reach healthcare and advocacy partners with information about how important it is to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse and provide essential referrals to domestic violence programs.

Find resources to help you plan your event or materials by using an action kit here.

  • Writing a newsletter article or an op-ed for a local paper, or your workplace newsletter. View an example.
  • Committing to try universal education for one week.
  • Inviting a speaker (such as a domestic violence advocate from your community or a health care provider from your local health center or hospital) to conduct a lunchtime presentation for staff.
  • Connecting with staff from the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence to localize materials such as posters and safety cards, and to advertise local hotlines and community programs.

Thank you to Futures without Violence for providing the links and information for this blog post.

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If you decide to run an event then please contact Juliet.henderson@kcl.ac.uk and we would be happy to promote your event through our blog.