Mapping Services Working With Families Where There is Domestic Violence

January 1, 1999


This project was conducted in association with Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, NCH Action for Children, NSPCC, WAFE and CWASU, and set out to:

  • identify and map family support work with women, children and men within both the statutory and voluntary sectors throughout the UK;
  • identify innovative work throughout the country in relation to domestic violence and family support;
  • explore specific cases of good practice in relation to work with women, children and men in both the voluntary and statutory sectors;
  • develop a framework through which examples of good practice can be identified.

Main Findings:

  1. The mapping of Women’s Aid organisations identified a wide range of services providing accommodation, support, advocacy and outreach, which work to a series of good practice guidelines.
  2. A large number of children’s charity projects provide a broad range of services where families experiencing domestic violence can also receive support, although very few of these gave much attention to safety issues for service users and did not employ safety planning strategies.
  3. The mapping of services in the statutory sector revealed that provision for those experiencing domestic violence is geographically patchy and many areas do not have a member of staff responsible for policies or practice in relation to domestic violence.
  4. Nineteen respondents were providing specialist provision for perpetrators – national standards for good practice have been set but, despite the high standards of many workers in this field, this is a contentious area of intervention which has so far defied attempts to evaluate it sufficiently rigorously to know with any clarity ‘what works’ or which perpetrators will benefit.
  5. The project report details an array of indicators for good practice in this field under the following headings: Defining domestic violence; Monitoring and Screening for domestic violence; Policies and Guidelines for working with domestic violence; Safety Measures and Planning; Training to raise awareness, explore values and develop skills; Evaluation; Multi-agency strategies; and Guidelines for working with domestic violence survivors.

For further details see: Findings

See Research Report: From Good Intentions to Good Practice: Mapping Services Working with Families where there is Domestic Violence

Grant Holder: University of Warwick with CWASU mapping Programmes for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Sponsor: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • Project Team:
    Audrey Mullender, Catherine Humphreys, Gill Hague, Hilary Abrahams, Marianne Hester, Pam Lowe