Tertiary Prevention


Tertiary prevention refers to interventions which reduce the harm already caused together with rehabilitative programmes for perpetrators.

A selection of publications which illustrate this work are detailed below. For further information and resources on working with perpetrators see Section 3 and Section 8.

For information regarding therapeutic work with families see Section 10.



UK Information

Evaluation of the Impact and the Sustainability of the Lewisham Domestic Violence and Alcohol Arrest Referral Scheme Final Report

Ranzetta, L., Sired, C., and Agar, I. (2008)

A pilot scheme was set up in early 2007 to explore the association between alcohol and domestic violence at a local level and to test the feasibility of delivering voluntary alcohol assessment and brief interventions to domestic violence arrestees in the custody suite.

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Why we need Rape Crisis Centres and Sexual Assault Referral Centres

End Violence Against Women, Rape Crisis (England & Wales), the Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) and Fawcett Society (2008)

Briefing detailing why both Rape Crisis Centres and SARCs are vital for victims and for the delivery of policy targets.

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An Evaluation of the Sutton Stronger Families Group Treatment Programme for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Debbonaire, T. (2007)

The Sutton group treatment programme arose out of a needs and service audit carried out in Sutton in 2000. This executive summary of findings identified that the needs of children affected by domestic violence were not being fully met. Because of this, the Stronger Families project was established in 2002-3. This project took shape through an extensive process of training and development.

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Time for Change: an assessment of services for domestic abuse perpetrators in Bristol

Hester, M. et al. (2006)

This research profiled domestic violence perpetrators in Bristol, with profiling across three groups of perpetrators: those convicted of domestic violence offences, those who were not convicted of domestic violence offences and perpetrators from BME communities. Risk assessment tools were established and the research fed into the development of a perpetrator programme.

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Tackling Domestic Violence: providing support for children who have witnessed domestic violence

Mullender, A. (2004)

This Home Office Development and Practice Report gives guidance on how professionals should respond and emphasises the need for training and inter-agency work.

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Caring Dads Programme

This programme was developed in recognition of the lack of interventions in the UK with fathers at risk of directly perpetrating physical and emotional child abuse. This presentation gives an overview of the programme which aims to address this gap.

Please note that Respect recommend that this programme should not be seen as a replacement to a Perpetrator Programme as it does not address the dynamics involved in intimate partner violence.

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International information


Working with Young Men who Batter: current strategies and new directions

Peacock, D. and Rothman, R. (2001)

This article offers an overview of perpetrator programmes for young men in the US. It identifies risk factors for teen dating violence perpetration as described by the literature and considers the utility of these findings, describes efforts to prevent re-offences, and outlines current challenges within the field. In addition, the authors draw upon research from related fields to posit possible future directions for research and intervention efforts.

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Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP)

The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minnesota, is a comprehensive community-based program for intervention in domestic abuse cases. It attempts to coordinate the response of the many agencies and practitioners who respond to domestic violence cases in our community.

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