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Domestic abuse perpetrator programs – a view from the UK – Webinar

May 26, 2023 at 3:48 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -


Wednesday 31 May 2023


1-2pm, NZST (11am-12noon, AEST)


Online (Australia based)





Can violent men change? REPROVIDE, a UK-based randomised controlled trial, aims to find out.

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Listing of training and other events does not constitute endorsement by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. Information is as provided by the organiser. For further information or queries about training or events, please contact the organiser using the links or contact details provided.

A presentation by Dr Sandi Dheensa, Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Dr Dheensa will give an overview of the varied and exciting research from her group at Bristol, which aims to enhance the healthcare and public health response to domestic violence and abuse.

She will then share the story so far from REPROVIDE, a soon to be completed trial investigating the (cost-)effectiveness of a group perpetrator intervention to reduce abusive behaviour among men. Five centres in Southwest England and South Wales are aiming to recruit 316 men who have used harmful, abusive, or violent behaviours towards a female (ex)partner. Men are being randomised 2:1 to a community-based domestic abuse perpetrator program or a control group, with 12 month follow up.

The intervention for men comprises 23 weekly sessions of a group program of behavioural and psychosocial elements delivered by facilitators in voluntary-sector domestic abuse services. The intervention for (ex)partners is one-to-one support from a women’s safety worker. Men allocated to usual care receive no intervention. The primary outcome is men’s self-reported abusive behaviour.

Dr Dheensa will explain what the group program entails, how and why men are finding REPROVIDE, the numbers of men we have recruited and their demographics, the types of abuse they disclose at the outset, issues around engagement and retention, men and women’s feedback on the group, and next steps.

Please note, this webinar will not be recorded.

MAEVe is an interdisciplinary research alliance based at The University of Melbourne with the broad aim of ending violence against women and their children.

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