Exit Site
Burger menu icon

Professionals space: materials for professionals working with high harm high risk perpetrators

Two overlapping triangles, one pink and one green, adding visual interest, and contrasting colors to the background.
You need to be logged in to view this content. Please Login. Need to register? Email info@drivepartnership.org.uk.

This space is for professionals who work with high-harm, high-risk perpetrators. We will share briefings, webinars, and other information about working with this cohort.

If you have any questions, you can email info@drivepartnership.org.uk.


I. Briefs

Additional resources:

II. Research

  • Survey: services working with perpetrators of domestic abuse during Covid-19 lockdown. Findings report.
  • Survey of those who use abusive behaviour in relationships: experience of Covid-19 lockdown. Findings report.

III. Webinars

Webinar series: Practical tools for frontline practitioners

This series is for frontline practitioners coming into contact with perpetrators of domestic abuse. It may be relevant to those working for a specialist service, as well as social workers, family workers, substance misuse workers, mental health practitioners or probation officers. We hope to increase practitioners’ confidence when working with perpetrators of domestic abuse, through offering practical resources and to promoting safe working.

1) Working safely with those who harm

This webinar focuses on how to structure your session and consider the domestic abuse dynamic and explores when couples work can be ok.

Handouts to accompany the webinar:

Additional resources:

2) Working with denial

Can denial give us an opportunity to explore someone’s beliefs? Together with Luke Kendall – Expert Advisor at Drive – we look at motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy approaches and examine how these can be used in practice.

Handouts to accompany the webinar:

Additional resources:

Pre-contemplation questionnaires:

3) Time out and safety planning

Time Out is the cornerstone of perpetrator safety planning. When done thoroughly and with the whole family in mind, this can be an effective and useful tool. With guest, Emily Alison – Behavioural Consultant Psychologist, we look at best practise when conducting time out sessions and leave you with handouts and tools to take into your work.

There are several handouts to accompany this webinar:

4) Storyboarding

Often incidents of abuse can be skirted over and any learning or insight can be lost. When slowed down and analysed with our service users, storyboarding an incident of abuse can be a valuable opportunity to build understanding and self-reflection.

Handouts to accompany this webinar:

5) The Pit

Building on previous webinars, the Pit is a highly useful tool to challenge minimisation, denial and blame directly. It will leave your service user with a long-lasting, powerful visual that can be referenced in many ways in future work.

Handouts to accompany this webinar:

Additional resources:

6) Consequences of abuse

In the final webinar of our frontline practitioner series we will discuss a tool to help examine the benefits vs the consequences of using abusive behaviour with your service user.

Webinar series: domestic abuse and perpetrators of abuse

Substance misuse and perpetrators of domestic abuse

In this short webinar, professionals discuss their work with perpetrators of domestic abuse who have been using substances during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The webinar was developed jointly by the Cranstoun and Drive team to provide information on their COVID-19 response and to offer guidance for professionals, particularly around keeping service users motivated and engaged while dealing with the challenges of COVID-19 and lockdown.

Risk-management and COVID-19

This webinar will offer guidance on domestic abuse risks during COVID-19. This will include: highlighting research developments around risk and risk management, supporting professionals to identify risk factors in the context of abusive behaviour, and offering links to resources and support from Respect and Drive’s webchat for professionals.

Drive: disrupt strategies

Drawing on research and practice experience, this webinar provides an introduction on how agencies can work together to develop plans for disrupting abuse, including examples of actions that have been used during the COVID-19 lockdown and as lockdown eases.

Responding to the mental health of domestic abuse perpetrators as lockdown eases

This webinar looks at the mental health of perpetrators of domestic abuse during COVID-19, with a focus on risk and risk management as lockdown eases.

Additional resource: Mental health toolkit

Coercive control

This webinar aims to raise awareness of coercive control as well as looking at the following: the legislation and what evidence is required for conviction, an understanding of the stages of coercion and control (Professor Liz Kelly), the most recent available statistics, the 8 Stage Homicide Timeline (Dr. Jane Monckton Smith), and the impact of coercive control on children.

Domestic Violence Prevention Orders and Notices (DVPOs and DVPNs)

This webinar looks at what a DVPN/O and SPO is, how they are accessed, what the benefits are of using them and reflects on some 2019 research completed by Victim Support.

Prison leavers: risk management of high-harm/high-risk perpetrators

This webinar will help you understand more about prisoner releases and risk management of prisoners who pose a domestic abuse risk. Led by Luke Kendall, Practice Advisor at Drive, and Lucy Edwards, who manages the Pathways to Change Programme for men being released from local Prisons to Sussex.

Case formulation with perpetrators

Ellie Fox, a Forensic Psychologist, introduces case formulation, a hypothesis about the nature and cause of somebody’s harmful behaviour, and the 5Ps, a framework for working this out.

Suicide prevention in perpetrators

Informed by engagement with academics, research and training in the field of suicide prevention, Luke Kendall, Drive Practice Advisor and Dr (h.c.) Viv Bickham MBE have created this webinar and corresponding guidance document for practitioners who are supporting clients experiencing suicidal ideation.

Domestic abuse and perpetrator typologies – part 1

This webinar looks at domestic abuse typologies and perpetrator typologies, discussing what they are and ways they can influence our work. The webinar looks at a case study from the Boys to Men Project to consider how the typologies might apply.

Domestic abuse and perpetrator typologies – part 2

Following on from part 1, this webinar looks into the use of typologies with Professor David Gadd, a Professor of Criminology at the University of Manchester.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), otherwise known as Clare’s Law, has been in place since 2014. Dr Kat Hadjimatheou, lecturer in criminology at the University of Essex, joins us to discuss the findings of her recent study which shine a light on the effectiveness of this scheme.

Partner content

As part of this space, we welcome the contributions of partners who work with high-harm, high-risk perpetrators. If you have content you want to be posted on this page, please email info@drivepartnership.org.uk.

Please note, any content in the partner section is not necessarily endorsed by, or representative of, the views of Drive.

Contact for recommendations or questions

If you are interested in particular topics or content, please send your suggestions to info@drivepartnership.org.uk.