The treatment model of Dialogue against Violence – methods and results
Dialogue against Violence is a nationwide treatment program in Denmark for perpetrators of violence in intimate relationships and their families. Director Susanne Nour Magnusson will present the model of treatment applied, methods and results.
Treatment is provided to different groups of clients. National funds have since 2002 made it possible to provide treatment based on voluntary contact from perpetrators or their partners. Based on cooperation with the Danish Prison and Probation Service treatment is provided to offenders both in prisons and outside. A third group of clients are referred based on cooperation with municipalities.
Based on various sources of data Susanne will present characteristics of the different groups of clients, assess possible causes of violence behavior, and describe how the treatment is tailored to the individual client and how effect is measured.
On the basis of a questionnaire socio-demographic data about the clients are collected. There is a follow up with questions asked at the end of the treatment and twelve months later, with focus on the effect of treatment.
The treatment is always based on a thorough assessment of the perpetrator including a clinical interview, relevant psychological tests and SARA risk assessment (spousal assault risk assessment.) In the provided group treatments and individual sessions for perpetrators, partners or children FIT (Feedback Informed Treatment) is applied as a tool for dialogue, making it possible along with the treatment process to assess, whether the client is in progress and whether the chosen therapeutic method is feasible.
Susanne Nour Magnusson is director for Dialogue Against Domestic Violence(DMV). DMV is a nationwide Danish treatment program for perpetrators of violence their partners and children. DMV has departments in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense. Susanne is an anthropologist of education. She is author and editor of a number of publications on human rights issues among others “Ret til et liv uden vold”, that evaluates the Danish legislation and compliance with the Istanbul treaty. Before her current role in Dialogue against Violence she was department director in the Danish Institute for Human Rights, where she was responsible for the Danish National Equality Body on gender, ethnicity and disability rights.