Help: a Practitioners’ Perspective on Programmes for Domestic Abuse Perpetrators – a Qualitative Study

Published 20/11/2019
Type Article
Author(s) Dr Rebecca Woolford, Dr Julia Wardhaugh
Corresponding Authors

Domestic abuse perpetrators are a significant proportion of the Probation Services caseload. Domestic abuse often has long-term problems and generational consequences for children, families and communities in terms of the repetition of abusive and violent behaviours. In the criminal justice system there are several innovative approaches to tackling domestic abuse. The newly formed Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) has developed HELP as an early programme with the aim of reducing the long-term consequences of unhealthy relationships. This qualitative study gives an insight into practitioners’ perspectives on HELP. Firstly, this study strongly suggests that the approach, delivery and content of HELP are in keeping with the current desistance literature and that the programme is a positive example of innovative, skilled and creative practice. Secondly, for effective practice with perpetrators of domestic abuse there must be a multi-dimensional approach, a professional commitment and dynamic practice in times of tremendous change and uncertainty.