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A guide to your approach to working with those who cause harm



Two principles that should guide your approach to working with those who cause harm are:

  1. Always aim to increase the safety and well-being of survivors, their children and/or other family members. You should recognise the need for behaviour change by the individual causing harm, but your priority should always be to help reduce harm.
  2. Do not increase the risk. Take all reasonable steps to make sure the support you offer does not exacerbate or generate additional risks for survivors, their children or other family members.

You can get more information online at the Respect Phoneline Guidelines for working with perpetrators of domestic abuse | Respect (

If you would like more on the Somerset Domestic Abuse Service’s programmes for supporting those who want to change their abusive behaviour, then please email

Last reviewed: September 18, 2023 by Nick

Next review due: March 18, 2024

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