We are the European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Founded in 2014, we now unite 64 members active throughout 32 European countries. Our members include perpetrator programmes, researchers, as well as victim support services. We believe that gender-based violence is a violation of women's human rights and aim to create a gender equitable world by supporting member organisations in their work with those who choose to use violence in intimate partnerships, mostly men. To learn more about perpetrator work, take a look at our FAQs.
Besides full membership the network also provides the possibility of affiliate membership. Learn more by getting in touch with our Membership & Reporting Officer, Antonia Montanus.
Anastasia has several years of experience in the field of domestic violence. She has worked as a program officer and a therapeutic programs and helplines supervisor at the Association for the prevention and handling of violence in the Family (APHVF) in Cyprus, providing counselling and psychotherapy to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, as well as, training professionals and volunteers on domestic violence.
Anastasia holds a BSc in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, has completed a four- year training course in Gestalt Psychotherapy obtained an EMDR Diploma in Trauma Therapy, as well as, a Diploma in Mediation and a Certificate in Cross - Border Family Mediation. She also received a certified training course for working with abusive men, from the ‘Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti’ in Italy. She is currently a postgraduate student in MSc Forensic Psychology at the Uclan University of Central Lancashire and is also
currently undertaking a four- year training course in Systemic Psychotherapy.
After 30 years working within the UK criminal justice system, Beverley is a Senior Lecturer in Violence Prevention, Gender based Violence and Domestic Abuse, University of Worcester, Department of Violence Prevention, Trauma & Criminology, as well as Founding Director, Operations & Risk Manager Cohort 4 Limited – women survivor peer support organisation in Warwickshire, UK. Additionally, she is active as an Independent Consultant & Trainer for violence prevention, (peer) mentoring and working with individuals with multiple and complex needs.
Damian has many years’ experience in the domestic abuse sector. As a part of his freelance business, Damian delivers training across the UK on male perpetrator work, male survivor work, work with children and young people, religious communities and domestic abuse, and other tailored courses. He also writes programme manuals, supports organisations with policy writing, delivers clinical supervision for practitioners, assists professionals with skill development and organisations with meeting Respect Accreditation Standards. Further fields of expertise include: projects in schools, youth offending and youth inclusion work, work with male perpetrators on varied settings, establishing partnerships and consortium projects on early intervention with various public institutions and services. Damian also coordinated the first series of network meetings of male refugees in the UK with the purpose of developing good practice standards for male refugees. He is a Respect Accredited Trainer, delivers trainings and workshops for Respect, and was part of the working group that established Respect as a national association in the UK. He has delivered workshops at the WWP EN Annual Conference in Florence in 2014.
Drive is a national project in England and Wales which believes domestic abuse is not acceptable or inevitable. Drive works with high-harm, high-risk and serial perpetrators of domestic abuse to prevent their abusive behaviour and protect victims.
High-risk, high-harm perpetrators are those who have been assessed as posing a risk of serious harm or murder to people they are in intimate or family relationships with.
Drive challenges perpetrators to change and works with partner agencies – like the police and social services – to disrupt abuse.
The intervention incorporates:
- Intensive one-to-one work and case management. The Drive case manager works with the perpetrator to challenge and support changes in attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. This often also requires addressing additional needs that stand in the way of the change process, such as mental health, substance misuse and housing needs.
- A coordinated multi-agency response that disrupts opportunities for perpetrators to continue their abuse; and identifies and reduces risk.
- Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) support for the victim/survivor to ensure joined up working and safety.
Drive also advocates for changes to national systems so that perpetrators posing all levels of risk can no longer get away with abusive behaviour and can access the help they need to stop.
Engin Firat is a researcher and social worker. Currently employed at the Department for Social Work at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Engin is experienced in working with men who commit violence against women. He conducts research about men an masculinities, with a PhD on the case of a Turkish perpetrator who attended court-mandated anger management courses. Enging wants to contribute to building perpetrator programmes in Turkey and is pasionate about using his work and research to contribute to the fight against domestic violence in his country.
Ioan Durnescu is a professor and researcher at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work of the University of Bucharest, where he teaches and investigates ways of working with offenders towards their rehabilitation.
Maja Loncarevic is a social anthropologist and experienced development practitioner with a thematic focus on gender, SGBV, health and human rights. She looks back on many years of work with refugees, especially from conflict areas and special engagement for women’s specific migrant service offers in Switzerland. She was head of the thematic unit “migration and health” at the Swiss Red Cross, and later a programme manager for Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Swiss Development Cooperation. From 2004 to 2018, she was responsible for programmes in the Western Balkan, Togo and Haiti and head of international cooperation at IAMANEH Switzerland, with a specific focus on gender based violence (including work with men/perpetrators), psychosocial work and trauma healing as well as civil society action (advocacy, lobbying). Since 2019, she is offering her expertise as an independent consultant and wants to contribute to a broader acknowledgement and introduction of work with perpetrators in humanitarian and development programmes.
Neli Zhekova is a licensed psychologist and holds a Master Degree in Social and Legal Psychology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She has completed the EU post graduate exchange program in Psychology at Porto University as well as the specialized training program on "Gender-based violence and domestic violence" organized by the Bulgarian Alliance for Protection against Domestic Violence. Neli had been working as a psychologist at the NGO Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation where she was counseling voluntary and court-referred domestic violence perpetrators. Additionally, she was engaged in domestic violence awareness campaigns and she also conducted several studies on domestic violence and violence against intimate partner. Currently, Neli is an active member of the recently formed working group Balkan Initiative for Work with Perpetrators.
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Panayiota Gregoriou has a BSc in Psychology, a MA in Clinical Psychology and is a Systemic Psychotherapy Trainee. She has worked 14 years in the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in Cyprus. Some of her responsibilities were consultation over the phone at the national helpline for Domestic Violence that the Association is running, individual and group counselling for victims of DV and individual counselling for perpetrators of DV. Other responsibilities included training of professionals on DV, training volunteers, and facilitating workshops for children on related topics. Moreover, she represented the Association on the Cyprus Women’s Lobby for five years in the Cyprus Women’s Lobby (CWL) and represented CWL in the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence Against Women for four years.
Zhu Lin is the daughter of a Chinese survivor of domestic violence and is deeply passionate about addressing somestic abuse in society. With a background in social sciences, she holds Law degrees from China and the Czech Republic, where she is currently working and living.