This paper draws on the findings of a qualitative evaluation that examines women's perceptions of the services provided to them whilst their abusers attended an Integrated Domestic Violence Programme (IDAP) in one probation area in the UK. Research focusing on domestic violence programmes has mostly concentrated on the experiences of male perpetrators. As a result, less is known about how women feel about such programmes and the parallel safety services they are supposed to receive. This research seeks to address that weakness by exploring the perceptions of 13 women whose abusers are attending one perpetrator programme. The findings of our study suggest that women are generally negative about perpetrator programmes and require more comprehensive and coordinated services than are routinely made available to them. The paper suggests that women value and need direct and assertive support as well as safety services, and this need is especially pronounced in rural contexts where women can be isolated from mainstream services. The implications of the research to practice with victims of domestic violence are discussed to inform further development of IDAP and similar programmes in the UK and beyond.
Criminal Law | Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling | Social Work
Madoc-Jones, I. and Roscoe, K. (2010) ‘Women’s Safety Service within the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme: Perceptions of Service Users’. Children and Family Social Work, 15(2), 155-164
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Madoc-Jones, Iolo and Roscoe, Karen, "Women’s Safety Service within the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme: Perceptions of Service Users" (2010). Social Inclusion Research Unit. Paper 24.