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Partnership working in action: Findings from the evaluation of the Worcestershire Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Panel

Erol, Rosie ORCID: and Scurlock-Evans, Laura ORCID: (2022) Partnership working in action: Findings from the evaluation of the Worcestershire Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Panel. In: BSC Conference 2022: Reimagining Criminological Futures: New Criminologies in a Changing World, 29th June - 1st July 2022, University of Surrey. (Unpublished)

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A multi-agency Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Panel (DAPP) was established to facilitate referrals to the Drive perpetrator programme, and coordinate actions to disrupt offending behaviour of domestic violence perpetrators. A longitudinal mixed method evaluation was conducted to understand the how the DAPP worked in practice, including referral and decision-making processes, and the wider influence on local multi-agency partnership working.
Partnership work to address perpetrator behaviour was regarded as a previously absent – but much needed – element of a coordinated whole-family approach for addressing domestic abuse. The DAPP was police led, with decision-making influenced primarily by partners from the Drive Team, Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs), and Probation. Other partners were supportive but had less influence on decision-making. Administering the DAPP was resource intensive but facilitated additional intelligence and information sharing, with benefits of involvement for DAPP partners extending beyond the actual meetings.
Of the 574 perpetrators referred to DAPP, 42% were subsequently referred to Drive. There was a significant reduction in the mean number of domestic abuse incidents in the 12 months after referral compared to the previous 12 months. Implications for practice will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Domestic Abuse, Perpetrator programme, multi-agency partnerships
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Rosie Erol
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 15:02
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2022 15:02

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