COMPLETE: Evaluating a complex domestic abuse intervention in Hampshire, UK: a mixed-methods approach.

Theme 4

Public Health and Primary Care

Domestic abuse is experienced by many people in the UK, and is
commonly experienced by women. There are a number of organisations that work
with both those that have abused harm, as well as the victims of harm. One
organisation based in Hampshire has developed a new program of activities that
involves working with both the abuser and the victim. This new program (called
the ‘DAPP’) brings together different ways of working, and means that anyone
can access the program regardless of their situation. The main activities includes
educational group work involving men who have abused their partners. This group
work aims to encourage change in men’s behaviour towards their partners. The
DAPP also trains and educates front line services and community groups about
working with men who abuse.

In this study we aim to find out how well this new program has been
working, how it has been carried out, and how it might be carried out
elsewhere. Furthermore we will assess whether there has been any changes in the
amount or type of harm experienced by the victims, and their families, as a
result of the programme.

To understand this, we will gather information from the
organisations involved, interview people involved in the programme, and observe
what is happening. We will gather information at different points during the
program, such as before and after the program. One questionnaire will be used
to look at the impact of the program over time. Another questionnaire will be
used to understand whether the men accessing the program have abused before, and
a bit of information about their background. To understand how well the program
has been working, we plan to interview victims of harm to understand their
experiences of the program, and then interview their partners separately. The
men will be interviewed in groups and victims will be interviewed one on one.

Overall, the study will aim
to understand whether the outcomes of the program were as expected and, if not,
why they weren’t as expected. 
This sort of information will be useful for
organisations who would like to carry out the same program elsewhere.

Summary of key findings

80 individuals completed DAPP between April 2016 and 30 September 2017

Completers more
likely to be older than 24 years and have children

Majority of
individuals ‘dropped off’ after attending assessment (before start of

No statistical
difference in behavioural characteristics of those who complete versus those
who fail to start

In one year 200
victims engaged with a victim support officer

programme led to statistically significant changes in emotional and physical
behaviours of perpetrators

changes were attributed to length and quality of programme

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