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Domestic violence perpetrator programmes and children and young people.

Alderson, S. and Kelly, L. and Westmarland, N. (2013) 'Domestic violence perpetrator programmes and children and young people.', Discussion Paper. London Metropolitan University and Durham University, London and Durham.


This briefing paper argues that there are not enough direct services available for children of men on domestic violence perpetrator programmes. Those that do exist provide one-to-one work and group work, children’s workers often interact with staff working with women and men in innovative ways. We suggest more openness and clarity with children around men’s attendance on DVPPs. Although only a small sample of children and young people were interviewed, for these children the outcomes were largely positive – children reported feeling safer, happier, and doing more with their dads/male carers. We reiterate that these children were among the very few who received integrated services through a DVPP, and this finding cannot be extrapolated to DVPPs without integrated children’s services. However, it does show the potential for improving the lives of children and young people through commissioners including funding of integrated services for children/young people alongside women’s support and men’s programmes.

Item Type:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Date deposited:20 December 2013
Date of first online publication:2013
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