Expressing priorities: A new practitioner tool for domestic abuse perpetrators
|Dates:||20 April 2016|
|Times:||14:00 - 15:30|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||School of Law|
|How much:||Free event, no booking required.|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr. Amanada Robinson|
Recent research in Wales suggests that the group of domestic abuse perpetrators causing the most harm is likely to include some combination of serial, high-risk and repeat perpetrators (Robinson et al., 2014), evidence which led to the development of the Priority perpetrator Identification Tool (PPIT) (Robinson & Clancy, 2015). The PPIT is designed to help frontline practitioners identify a subset of perpetrators considered the most dangerous and thus priorities for multi-agency monitoring and management. Police, probation officers, and Independent Domestic Violence Advisors in Wales completed PPITs for a sample of perpetrators known to their agency (total n=406) and then provided further information about this process via a practitioner survey (n=42). Analysis of these data sources reveals: (1) the size and profile of the subset of perpetrators deemed to be ‘priority perpetrators’ by frontline practitioners, (2) the evidence and information used by practitioners when making these assessments, (3) differences in the interpretation and scoring of the tool across agencies, and (4) practitioners’ perspectives on the utility and functionality of the tool. Implications for theory, research, and policies designed to ameliorate the harm caused by domestic abuse will be discussed
Bio: Dr. Robinson moved to the UK after completing her PhD at Michigan State University. Her research has paid particular attention to issues around gender-based and workplace violence and has published extensively on these issues, most often in the form of research articles and technical reports. In a context in which impact looms high in the research agenda, Dr. Robinson is exemplary in this regard. Her research has helped to set the policy and practice agenda in these areas and continues to play a critical role in shaping key innovative responses to gender-based violence both in the UK and abroad. Particular areas in which this has been the case have been the development of MARACS (multiagency risk assessment conferences), IDVAs (independent domestic violence advisors), police use of risk assessment tools, home security services to victims of domestic abuse, and more recently the introduction of DRIVE, an initiative set up to provide a different way of working with perpetrators of domestic abuse in a one-to-one basis.
Price: Free event, no booking required.
Dr. Amanada Robinson
Organisation: School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
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