The Complex Pathways to Violence in the Home Better understanding male domestic abuse perpetration

  • Ellis Devitt, Kerry (PI)
  • Coley, David (Team Member)
  • Hockley, Matthew (Team Member)
  • Lawrence, Jess (Team Member)

Project Details


This research explores the life-stories of adult males who are known to the CJS as perpetrators of DA. It considers their early lives and how they explain their various pathways towards DA, including the stressors and challenges experienced in childhood, early factors that they felt drove and triggered their DA perpetration, and other factors which sustained and escalated such behaviour. In addition, the research also explores how the participants explain tackling their DA behaviour. The research then takes a critical position – specifically, a narrative perspective. Here, the research considers why and how such stories might be told, and what that might suggest about future behaviour. It concludes by considering how such knowledge might benefit DA policy and practice.

Layman's description

This research looks at what perpetrators of domestic abuse say about their own lives - growing up, adolescence and into adulthood. It also looks at how they explain their domestic abuse behaviour, the things that they feel have contributed to that behaviour, and things they are doing to help them stop behaving in that way. It also looks at the way in which they tell their life stories, and the reasons they might tell those stories.
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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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