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Domestic abuse perpetrators

Advice, help and support for perpetrators of domestic abuse

  • RESPECT: Tel: 0808 802 4040. Respect is a national organisation who run a helpline for perpetrators and also frontline staff. Their website  includes a range of resources for those working with domestic abuse perpetrators.

  • Sunderland has the BIG Programme. It is a voluntary domestic abuse perpetrators programme for men aged 18 and over. It is run by Impact Family Services in partnership with Barnardo's and Gentoo. To make a referral, Tel: 0191 567 8282 Fax: 0191 5660629 Email: Staff will support you through group programmes and one-to-one assessments, which have been designed to help you stop using abusive behaviour towards an intimate partner or ex-partner. You will first need to attend an assessment, which is arranged to suit your availability. The assessment will look at whether you are suitable for an intervention programme and whether you are ready to change your behaviour which is extremely important if you want this programme to work for you. Not everyone that is abusive in their relationships will be suitable for this service.

Good practice points when working with perpetrators

Sunderland has a Sunderland domestic abuse referral pathways and staff guidance which includes information and advice when working with perpetrators.

External Links


Sunderland's BIG Perpetrator Programme

Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board Procedures on Domestic Violence and Abuse

Sunderland safeguarding Adults Board Procedures on Domestic Violence and Safeguarding Adults, including Forced Marriage

Serious Crime Act 2015

Statutory guidance framework: controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship 

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law) - The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is designed to provide victims with information that may protect them form an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy. The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partners' previous history of domestic abuse or violent acts. An application can be made online or by ringing 101, visiting a police station.

Domestic violence protection notices and orders



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