We are the European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Founded in 2014, we now unite 70 members from 35 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.
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.
Antje Joel MA, researches the impact of deprivation on people, and the link between shame, stigma and the occurrence of violence. She is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Gloucestershire, UK, and passionately speaks and writes about how the much-discussed vulnerability of individuals and groups of people is often created by our society as a means of social control.
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.
The Commission on Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence (CGBVDV) was set up in line with Article 10 of the Istanbul Convention, which was implemented into Maltese law by the Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence Act of 2018 (Cap.581 on the Laws of Malta). CGBVDV's main roles include advising the responsible national minister on all aspects relating to gender-based violence and domestic violence, promoting zero tolerance towards such violence and coordinating stakeholders' efforts on victim protection and offender prosecution. Additionally, the Commission provides policy recommendations which are grounded in evidence-based research and reguar consultations with various stakeholders. The Commission is headed by an acting Commissioner and twelve board members together with a board secretary.
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.
Dr. Declan Coogan is a lecturer and researcher at the School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway. There he teaches and explores systemic responses to abuse and violence and to child to parent violence and abuse.
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.
The Association LuxVitae - Centre for the Promotion of Quality of Life, founded in 2008, was established to improve the quality of life of vulnerable and ill people, by addressing human health protection, disease prevention and social exclusion. In recent years, members of the association recognized the problem of domestic violence as a burning problem in society. That is why they have been further educated in this area and initiated specific activities that include work with family violence.
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.
Dr. Muhammad Wajid Tahir is a post-doc research fellow at a German university. He conducts research on different forms of gender inequalities faced by women and women migrants at workplaces in developing and developed countries.
Nataša Dostanić, MD, PhD, psychiatrist, Head of Alcoholism Department at the Special Hospital for Addictive Diseases in Belgrade Serbia. I have many years of experience working with alcoholics in my daily practice. I quickly realised that many of the alcoholics became violent towards their partners. I became very interested in the intersection of alcohol dependence and intimate partner violence and recently published two research articles on the topic:
- Dostanic, N., Djikanovic, B., Jovanovic, M. et al. The Association Between Family Violence, Depression and Anxiety Among Women Whose Partners Have Been Treated for Alcohol Dependence. J Fam Viol 37, 313–324 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-020-00238-1
- Dostanić, N., Stamenković, Ž., Maksimović, N., Đerić, A., Đikanović, B., Lifetime and periodic prevalence and characteristics of violence against women committed by their alcohol-dependent partners - a cross-sectional study. Serbian Archives of Medicine (2021). https://doi.org/10.2298/SARH210405079D
Nicolas is a psychologist and researcher currently employed at the Specialized Intervention Programs Unit in the General Directorate of Prison Affairs, Department of Justice, Government of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. He is responsible for designing and implementing gender-based violence rehabilitation programmes in all Catalan prisons. Nicolas has experience working in prisons implementing gender-based violence rehabilitation programmes. Additionally, as a forensic psychologist, he has experience doing court assessments and running recovery therapy groups for victims of violence. As a researcher at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyere, he’s responsible for implementing immersive virtual reality in rehabilitation programmes in prison for intimate partner violence in Catalonia.
Dr Nicole Renehan is an ESRC-funded postdoctoral Research Fellow at Durham University, UK. She specialises in domestic violence perpetrator programmes and her research interests lie within the area of domestic abuse, both victims and perpetrators, and workforce development. More specifically, Nicole is interested in the perpetration of gender violence, neurodiversity, and mental health and how these complicate and compound families’ experiences of abuse and service provision. Nicole has a practice background in domestic abuse within a multi-agency, child protection setting where she developed and delivered domestic abuse awareness and training to victims and social workers. Nicole also has extensive experience working with young men in secure settings and disabled children and young people with challenging behaviour.
Nihaya Daoud, MPH, PhD, is a Professor of Public Health and a social epidemiologist at the School of Public Health at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Her research focuses on health inequities and considers the impacts of discriminatory policies on minorities health, and the intersections of Indegenous and ethnonational identity with gender and class. Her recent research focuses on violence against women, positive masculinity, and healthcare system responses to violence. See her research here
Olga Cunha is an Assistant Professor at the Lusófona University of Porto in Portugal and a researcher at the Hei-Lab research centre at Lusófona University in Portugal. She is also a psychologist at the University of Minho and Lusófona University of Porto Service of Psychology. Olga has performed court evaluations and group and individual interventions with IPV perpetrators. Since 2014, she is also a forensic psychologist at the Portuguese National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (INMLCF). She has been actively involved in several training and supervision activities in different victim and family support institutions.
As a researcher, Olga's interests are focused on intimate partner violence, specifically on characterisation and intervention with perpetrators of IPV. She has published several scientific articles as first and last author and several others as co-author due to collaborations with colleagues and other research groups.
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.
Silenced supports Professionals, Parents and Carers to understand children and young people who are using violence and abuse in their relationships with their parents, carers (Child to Parent Violence and Abuse - CPVA) and intimate partners through research, training and campaigning. We are committed to investing our expertise and resources into research, training and campaigning to enable us to bring greater awareness and meaningful changes to support our vision - For all frontline staff working with children, young people and families to have a greater understanding of Child to Parent Violence and Abuse.
St Helens The Best Me CIC is a UK-based grassroots organisation founded by survivors of domestic abuse. They run transformational coaching, training and consultancy around domestic abuse, healthy relationships, and trauma.
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.