Making Safe: A coordinated community response to empowering victims and tackling perpetrators of domestic violence

A. Clarke, Sarah Wydall

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Abstract

This article describes an exploratory study of the Making Safe Scheme, which is a multi-agency initiative designed to provide a coordinated and integrated response to domestic violence by focusing on both victims and perpetrators. A key feature of the intervention is that it enables victims to remain in their own homes, provided it is considered safe to do so, and re-houses perpetrators. Consequently, the wrong-doer leaves the home and practitioners can work with families in their established communities to prevent further abuse. In 2008, the project was awarded the Butler Trust Public Protection Award for its innovative work with victims and offenders. The findings from this study focus on a number of themes: perpetrator accountability, the changing balance of power in abusive relationships and the increased opportunities for victims and their families to engage in recovery work whilst remaining in the family home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-406
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Volume12
Issue number3
Early online date01 Feb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • perpetrator programmes
  • prevention
  • victims

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