The IMPACT Project

Project Overview

The project IMPACT was supported by the European Commission's Daphne III programme under the name “Evaluation of European Perpetrator Programmes”. It started in January 2013 and finished end of 2014. The coordinator of the project, Dissens - Institut für Bildung und Forschung e.V. from Berlin, Germany, works together with six other organisations to improve the quality of European programmes for perpetrators of domestic violence, as the primary goal of the project is to promote women’s and children’s safety from domestic violence. The improvement strategy is based on the development of tools and methodologies to harmonise and enhance the monitoring and evaluation of the results of work with perpetrators in European countries. 

The indirect beneficiaries are women and children, victims of domestic violence and perpetrators of domestic violence who have participated in programmes and are willing to change their behaviour. The direct beneficiaries of the project’s results are perpetrator programme managers and practitioners, stakeholders, policy makers and researchers.

Impact Toolkit Update

Perpetrator programmes are often asked about the evaluation of their projects, whether they “make a difference” and “how we know if they work?”. In the WWP-EN “Guidelines to develop standards” we state that “Perpetrator programmes are based on the belief in the ability of people to change.” However, this is not always the view of other agencies or sectors of the societies we live in, and often programmes are faced with the view that abusive men don’t change. Impact has tools that programmes can use to help address this problem. Paper copies and supporting documents are available on our website and trials are underway on an online database collection tool. The working paper can be found here.

There is also an expert essay by Cassandra Jones that gives detailed information on how to use the toolkit here.

For any enquiries about the Impact Toolkit, please contact Berta Vall.


Impact is funded by

With financial support from the DAPHNE Programme of the  European Union.

This website has been produced with the financial support of the DAPHNE Programme of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Dissens - Institute for Education and Research e.V. and the project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.     


Berta Vall Castelló (Research and Development Manager, WWP EN)

Last changed: 03.08.2022