Posts tagged ‘Perpetrators’

November 9, 2013

Blog Posts….like buses, they come in pairs…please read this one!

I wrote in July about our first MARAC Scrutiny Panel, where we looked at how to improve our response to perpetrators at MARAC.  At the time I promised to flag when we produced our guidance on this.  Somehow this managed to slip off the list…but never too late.

We have produced a 2 page summary on MARAC and Perpetrators which you can access at

Obviously I am biassed, but I do think that this is really practical and really important.  Somewhere, in our desire to ensure that victims of abuse are supported at MARAC, we have sometimes lost sight of the importance of managing the perpetrators’ behaviour.  Without this we won’t be successful in safeguarding either the adult or children who are suffering the impacts of domestic abuse.  So if you are part of your local MARAC and there is one thing that you read this week, please make it this briefing.  And if this is not your area of responsibility, please highlight it to your local MARAC team – especially the Chair.  Thank you.

June 7, 2011

The Day of the two 4,000s


Yesterday saw a lot of coverage about the figure of 4,000 women convicted of domestic abuse and rather less on the report of the Taskforce looking at ways to divert women from crime, which noted that the female prison population is coincidentally also at 4,000.  The reporting of the latter was unsurprisingly more sympathetic and reflective – noting the powerful case for alternatives to custody but also the complexity of funding these.  However both could have benefitted from a bit more context.  4,000 women prosecuted for DV, versus more than 10 times that number of men.  4,000 women in prison and perhaps 8,000 children left without their mother.


BBC News – Women’s convictions for domestic violence ‘double’.

February 16, 2011

Fascinating research into how local authorities work with fathers who perpetrate domestic abuse

This research has just been published by the Family Rights Group and highlights some fascinating information about the ‘invisibility’ of fathers in child protection and children in need cases where domestic abuse was an issue.

The audit of the 70 case files in three authorities found that:

  • The majority but not all perpetrators of domestic abuse were birth fathers.
  • In 57 cases the perpetrator of the domestic abuse was the birth father and in 12 cases the mother’s partner.

The severity of the abuse was stark:

  • In 41% of the cases the adult victim had been pregnant at the time of being abused.
  • In at least 37% of the cases there had been more than six separate reported incidents of domestic violence.
  • A great many of the children were in contact with their fathers.
  • Only 12% of perpetrators were noted on the files as having definitely lost contact as a result of the domestic violence. But in only 31 cases (44%) was the phone number of the birth father on the files.
  • There was a lack of assessment and information about the parenting capacity of 61% of these fathers.
  • In the sample, 48 core assessments were undertaken (i.e. to assess the level of the child’s need/or to assess risk when there were child protection concerns)  yet the father was not seen or contacted by phone in 32% (15) of these cases.
  • The offer of attending a domestic violence perpetrator programme was made to only 14 of the 53 perpetrators.

Family Rights Group :: Press releases.