Intervention Work With the Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in the UK

David Gadd, University of Keele

This paper reflects upon the importation of the Duluth model of Domestic Abuse Intervention into the UK, and the subsequent simplification of this model in the British Home Office's Pathfinder Programmes. The paper questions whether standardized cognitive-behavioural programmes can deliver a sufficiently responsive approach to tackling men's violence. The need for intervention work capable of adequately addressing the meaning of domestic violence for individual men is illustrated through an analysis of one perpetrator's life-story account.

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Updated 05/20/2006