The evidence base around domestic violence and abuse

Published: 10/02/2022

This podcast examines the evidence base around domestic violence and abuse, perpetration and the interface with children’s social care.

Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice, talks to Jo Todd Chief Executive of Respect, Kyla Kirkpatrick Director of the Drive Partnership and Dr Olumide Adisa Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Abuse Research at the University of Suffolk about the evidence base around domestic violence and abuse, perpetration and the interface with children’s social care.

This podcast was produced recently as part of a collaborative project with the DRIVE Partnership that aims to inform our response to perpetrators of domestic abuse within families where children’s social care are involved. The resources, which are also available at the DRIVE Partnership, are aimed at multi-sector leaders and practitioners.

The podcast is published alongside Working with people who perpetrate domestic violence and abuse in families: Strategic Briefing and Working with people who perpetrate domestic violence and abuse in families: Evidence Review.

Talking points

This podcast examines:

  • The whole systems approach of the Drive Partnership and their work with children’s social care.
  • What the evidence base tells us about working with people who perpetrate harm.
  • The disaggregation of data and its benefits.
  • Why we need to think differently about who sets the research agenda, power and impact.
  • How we incorporate the voice of perpetrators in a meaningful way that’s also respectful to victims/survivors.
  • The role of different parts of the system in creating a better evidence base.
  • The responsibilities of colleagues in services and the actions that they can take.

Resources that are mentioned in this podcast

Reflective questions

Here are reflective questions to stimulate conversation and support practice:

  1. What role do you and your organisation have in creating a sound evidence base around domestic violence and abuse?
  2. How can you and your organisation work with other organisations and people with lived experience to generate evidence?
  3. How can you effectively and ethically make use of evidence generated with perpetrators?

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Abuse and neglect of children | Relationships and effective direct work | Shaping and influencing the practice system | Designing a system to support effective practice

PCF - Critical reflection and analysis