Addressing Sexualised Violence in Perpetrator Programmes

Effectively decrease sexualised violence

Learn How To

  • Work on sexualised violence with men in your programme
  • Respond to the specific demands of discussing sexualised violence
  • Develop your own style of challenging the men in your programme
  • Prepare for difficult discussions
  • Take care of your mental health

This training is eye opening and thought provoking. The trainers provide space for open discussion and reflection without judgement, while simultaneously challenging you to think outside the box. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to improve their understanding and skills working with perpetrators.

- Abbie James (DRIVE, UK)

Training Agenda

Session 1: Unpacking shame and its intersections with perpetrator work

  • Explore your own shame around sexuality and sexualised violence and tackle personal barriers for working on these topics
  • Learn how to work with shame of your clients and engage them in exploring sexualised violence

Session 2:  Understanding Stance

  • Understand shortcomings of collusive and alienating approaches
  • Build up your skills to take a stance that leads to productive engagement of your clients

Session 3: Co-facilitation when working on sexualized violence; Ingredients of a healthy sexual relationship

  • Explore what kind of support you need when working on these topics
  • Learn how to create effective and supporting co-facilitation process
  • Learn about key factors of healthy sexual relationship and how to apply them in your work with perpetrators

Session 4: Codes and sexpectations

  • Learn how expectations influence sexual relationships
  • Learn how to work on these expectations with your clients

Session 5: Understanding pornography; The man box

  • Learn how gender roles shape expectations and behaviors in sexual relationships
  • Learn how to challenge and initiate recreation of masculine identity of your clients

Session 6: Consent and receptivity; Sexual pressure

  • Learn how to introduce concepts of consent and receptivity to your clients, and connect it with violence in relationship
  • Improve your skills in working on sexual pressure with your clients

Session 7: Communicating about sex; Alternative routes to intimacy

  • Adopt efficient ways to support healthy communication around sex with your clients and alternative routes to intimacy

Session 8: Young people’s relationships; Sex in long term relationships

  • Learn about good practices in working with young people
  • Explore specifics of sex in long term relationships and how to apply it in your work

The Course

Perpetrator work is now well established across many parts of Europe. However, addressing sexualised violence in perpetrator programmes remains one of the areas in which professionals need support and guidance to do high quality work. This two-day training will give you the opportunity to explore your style, attitudes and experiences in working with sexualised violence, but also equip you with concrete tools and guidance for the work. The training provides insights into many important questions:

  • Why is the work on sexualised violence important and challenging?
  • What is the correlation between beliefs, expectations and experiences of professionals and their ability to address sexualised violence within perpetrator programmes?
  • How can professionals prepare for this work and take care of themselves and of each other?
  • What does work on sexualised violence look like in practice?
  • What are good practices in addressing sexualized violence?

Last changed: 16.05.2024