This assessment was carried out in the context of the implementation of the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.
This is the latest release
- The Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) outlines research on what works with domestic abuse perpetrators in order to prevent such offending or reduce the risk of re-offending.
- The REA provides an up-to-date synthesis of the latest national and international evidence for the efficacy of domestic abuse perpetrator services.
- It highlights research limitations, including researcher bias, methodological issues and the challenges of effectively evaluating domestic abuse perpetrator services.
- The REA does not provide clear support for the efficacy of any one approach to domestic abuse perpetrator services over others.
- It identifies those interventions which are more promising, including those with a motivational element and programmes that take a family-focused approach.
- The importance of including substance misuse treatment (where relevant) is identified.
- The REA highlights the value of taking a ‘whole systems approach’ to tackling domestic abuse.
- The REA considers the implications of the findings for commissioners, academics, practitioners and policy-makers involved in domestic abuse perpetrator services.
- It emphasises the importance of robust and independent evaluation of perpetrator services
- The REA identifies the need for testing more innovative approaches to working with domestic abuse perpetrators.
- Opportunities for developing services across the ‘offender journey’, with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention are discussed.
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