DARE Webinar

We held our first DARE webinar on Thursday 8th December. The event was created to focus on how DARE can support professionals to play their part to end violence against women and girls beyond White Ribbon’s 16 days of Action.

We explored how DARE can support all frontline professionals engaging with their clients. During the webinar we discussed the importance of it being everyone’s responsibility to have a conversation and how DARE can assist in removing barriers to engagement between you and your clients. Watch the webinar below to find out more about how adopting a routine enquiry approach could help.

Watch the Webinar below. 


“To break the cycle of domestic abuse we need to safely identify and engage people who are causing harm in their relationships. DARE equips you as frontline professionals with the confidence to play your part.” Chantal Hughes, CEO Hampton Trust

Chantal Hughes CEO, Hampton Trust shares her thoughts with us on why we need to engage better with domestic abuse perpetrators. Please read her blog to find out more.


Hampton Trust wants to see a whole system change where frontline services embed DARE as a first response in identifying & engaging domestic abuse perpetrators.

The targeting of domestic abuse perpetrators must go beyond a criminal justice response to be the responsibility of all frontline services. Unless we commit to a shared vision of addressing those causing harm, perpetrators will remain under the radar and victims will continue to suffer in silence.  We want to support frontline professionals in playing their part and avoid missed opportunities. Collectively, we can do better and incorporating a routine enquiry approach to identifying perpetrators in services is the start of this.

What difference can you make with the help of DARE?

Professionals able to gain confidence in how to ROUTINELY IDENTIFY domestic abuse perpetrators in their services ​

Professionals able to gain confidence in how to ROUTINELY ENGAGE perpetrators & support them to identify what help they need

Professionals able to CONFIDENTLY SUPPORT PERPETRATORS in accessing services with the aim of improving the quality and volume of referrals into specialist domestic abuse perpetrator interventions.

We want to build professional confidence in talking ‘domestic abuse’ with all clients accessing services, whether it be for housing, substance misuse, mental health, or any other types of support, not specifically domestic abuse related.

DARE is aimed at Social Care, Police, Health and a range of frontline services working with families experiencing domestic abuse. Delegates will gain practical skills in how to apply the DARE toolkit as a First Response model in their service delivery.

DARE Core modules include:

  • How to identify domestic abuse perpetrators
  • How to explore risks & context associated with domestic abuse perpetrators
  • How to engage domestic abuse perpetrators and nudge them into specialist services

Training consists of three virtual half day workshops which each build on the previous one. Face to face options are available subject to group booking requirements.

Don’t delay, book today (NB – in order to complete the booking you may need to use an updated browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)

Individual booking £275.

Group booking discounts available, contact us for more information



Southampton University evaluation 

The DARE toolkit was created as our call to action for a culture change among frontline services, and we have been working closely with frontline services In Hampshire and beyond to adopt the routine enquiry approach. Findings from the DARE evaluation by Southampton University show that the tools provided in the toolkit have helped professionals to build confidence in having conversations with perpetrators. Professionals attending our training report:

  • Increased confidence in starting conversations with perpetrators
  • Better understanding of how to refer or signpost clients to specialist services for victims and perpetrators
  • Better knowledge about the services available to support individuals and families
  • Routinely identifying domestic abuse perpetrators for referrals

81% of participants reported having gained increased confidence in starting conversations with perpetrators

70% of participants reported having gained a better understanding of how to refer or signpost clients to specialist services for perpetrators



“Having the tools and knowledge of support available and techniques in motivational interviewing will help me feel more confident in engaging with perpetrators and instigating change in behaviours.” Participant

“I feel more confident engaging with perpetrators in an effective and safe way and paying proportionate attention to them in any plans or assessments. I feel more knowledgeable about domestic abuse and how perpetrators may present as victims. This will help me to advocate for a domestic abuse-informed approach in Children’s Services.” Participant

“I will use the motivational interviewing approach in my work with perpetrators.” Participant

“I am now willing to be able to offer support to families where domestic abuse is a concern – previously I have asked my team manager to avoid allocating me these cases.” Participant

“I’ll be using the skills to identify and approach individuals who may be perpetrating abuse.” Participant

“This training has given me the confidence to ‘dive deeper’ with the perpetrator to find out why they behave the way they do. The training has also given me ideas for trying different methods to engage both victims and perpetrators.” Participant