Nordic Countries Overview of Work with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

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The aim of the Nu Räcker Det was to map out the models used in the Nordic countries to help the perpetrators of IPV to end violence. The project questionnaire was filled in by the service providers. The number of invited programmes was 68, and the response rate was around 80%. Results indicate that still some services are not free of charge and are not equally distributed geographically. In terms of safety, although most programmes contact the (ex-) partner at the beginning of the treatment, still half of the programmes do not contact the (ex-) partner during the treatment or at the end of it, moreover nearly half of the programmes do not use any risk assessment instrument. Outcome is measured by most of the programmes however partner and official reports should also be included. Finally, those results are compared and discussed in light of the European context.




The questionnaire used in this project is based on a previous project “IMPACT: Evaluation of European Perpetrator Programmes”, funded by The Daphne III Programme to combat violence against children, young people and women in 2007.2 The service coordinating of the project, Dissens – Institut für Bildung und Forschung e.V. from Germany, worked together with six other organisations, from Austria, Denmark, Spain and the U.K. and two associated partners from Germany and Norway. This project aimed at improving the quality of the service providers for perpetrators in Europe, with a special focus on the monitoring and evaluation procedures followed by them. One of the main outcomes of the project was the elaboration of a Toolkit to improve and unify the outcome measurement of the service providers. We have acquired permission to use it as the basis for our questionnaire and also to allow for possible comparisons of the results. The questionnaire was used in the first study of the IMPACT project (Geldschläger, et al., 2014) and the Nordic results of this project will be compared with the European results of their study.


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