What is ENGAGE?

ENGAGE was a 2-year project (Jan 2018-Dec 2019) co-funded by the European Commission under the Daphne Programme, which aimed to increase the potential of perpetrator programmes to prevent and reduce domestic violence against women and children by improving the quantity and quality of (self-) referrals to these programmes through a coordinated multi-agency response that prioritizes victim safety. Read the executive summary here.

Current Outputs

ENGAGE Webinar with Heinrich Geldschläger (CONEXUS)

Webinar Details

In this webinar, we shared the ENGAGE Roadmap & Training, developed to train frontline professionals (e.g. healthcare workers) to engage, motivate and refer perpetrators to perpetrator programmes.

We also looked at lessons learned and evaluation results from the ENGAGE pilot implementation in France, Italy and Spain - enabling participants to critically evaluate their own referral and training procedures, and to gain an understanding of unused potentials.


Heinrich Geldschläger, WWP EN Treasurer, is a German psychologist and psychotherapist. He is currently living and working in Barcelona as Research Manager at Conexus Association. For almost 20 years, he has been active in perpetrator interventions - working directly with men, coordinating services, delivering presentations and trainings, and doing research.

ENGAGE Roadmap - English

Read the full "Roadmap for frontline professionals interacting with male perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse to ensure a coordinated multi-agency response to perpetrators " here.

ENGAGE Training Package - English

Take a look at the full ENGAGE training package in English here.

English Case Study for Exercises

Take a look at the ENGAGE case study for exercises here.

English Training Guidelines

Read the English ENGAGE Training Guidelines here.

ENGAGE Roadmap - French

Read the full "Manuel destiné aux professionnel.les de première ligne qui sont en lien avec des auteurs de violences conjugales" here.

ENGAGE Training Package - French

Take a look at the full ENGAGE training package in French here.

ENGAGE Roadmap - Italian

Read the full "Roadmap per operatori di prima linea che interagiscono con uomini autori di violenza domestica e abuso" here.

ENGAGE Training Package - Italian

Take a look at the full ENGAGE training package in Italian here.

ENGAGE Roadmap - Spanish

Read the full "Guía para profesionales que interactúan con hombres que ejercen violencia de género" here.

ENGAGE Training Package - Spanish

Take a look at the full ENGAGE training package in Spanish here.

ENGAGE Roadmap - Catalan

Read the full "Guia per a professionals de primera línia que interactuen amb homes que exerceixen violència de gènere" here.

ENGAGE Training Package - Catalan

Take a look at the full ENGAGE training package in Catalan here.

Our Work?

The main deliverable of the project, the ENGAGE Roadmap for frontline professionals working with male perpetrators of GBV to ensure a coordinated, multi-sectoral response for the provision of services for perpetrators will be evidence-informed, human-rights-based and culturally-sensitive in order to contribute to strengthen regional and national capacities.

The Objectives?

  • to improve the capacity of frontline professionals to provide a coordinated, multi-agency response and referrals to male perpetrators of gender-based violence through the development of a comprehensive Roadmap and a corresponding Training package
  • to improve the coordination between frontline services and perpetrator programmes

The Partners?

Conexus, Spain: Project Management; Implementation and evaluation of the ENGAGE Roadmap and the Training module in the four partner countries (Spain, France, Italy, German)

Psytel, France: Development of the ENGAGE Roadmap for frontline professionals, with focus on screening and referral to specialised perpetrator programmes

CAM, Italy: Development of the ENGAGE Training module for frontline professionals, with focus on screening and referral to specialised perpetrator programmes

Association Terres a Vivre, France: Implementation and evaluation of the ENGAGE trainings

WWP EN, Germany: Dissemination of the ENGAGE Roadmap and other project deliverables through the partner country networks, in the EU and throughout the European Region via the extensive WWP EN and UNFPA networks

Why is this Project Important?

This project is innovative at a European level because frontline professionals have not been systematically trained in referring perpetrators to services in a coordinated manner. Furthermore, the project will combine feedback from both perpetrators and frontline professionals in order to ensure that both service providers and the perpetrators are involved and represented in the Roadmap. Furthermore, the Roadmap will provide frontline professionals with key motivational triggers to assist them in motivating perpetrators to initiate and perservere in the behavioural change process.

Expected Results?

  • Improved safety of women and children victims by promoting a coordinated multi- agency response and referral pathway for perpetrators of GBV;
  • Improved knowledge, skills and abilities of frontline professionals to adequately address perpetrators of GBV and refer them to specialised perpetrator programmes;
  • Increased awareness of the ENGAGE Roadmap at the EU level through WWP EN, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.

The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the ENGAGE project team and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

Last changed: 16.05.2024