Dialogue Against Domestic Violence. A preventive and treatment project for violent men and their families in Denmark
Research in Denmark has demonstrated that thousands of women live with domestic violence in Denmark; around 40.000 Danish women will have, each year, at least one incident of domestic violence. Internationally there has been a growing understanding that intervention programmes will be a strategy to eliminate the domestic violence by treating the violent man and protecting the female partner and the children.
The Danish Government launched an action plan for domestic violence in 2002 holding four main themes:
• Support to the victims for domestic violence.
• Action towards the perpetrators.
• Dissemination of knowledge of domestic violence to relevant professionals.
• General information.
Dialogue Against Domestic Violence (DADV), is a Danish national treatment programme for male perpetrators, for the female partners and for the children in the family. DADV has offered treatment for perpetrators of domestic violence since 2002 and since 2004 on a national basis.
DADV is financed by the Ministry of Social affairs and is part of the national strategy. DADV focus on the issues concerning perpetrators violent behaviour and on what causes that behaviour. The man and his behaviour is the starting point for the treatment process and the therapy.
DADV support the female partner victim with a treatment programme focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
DADV is starting groups for children in the families with domestic violence.
Research and experience have shown that individual and group therapy, based on the cognitive theory, is the most effective treatment for this target group. DADV has developed a treatment programme based on cognitive method and thinking. The program will help and support the perpetrator in changing his behaviour and personal stands. Individual treatment will be based on psychodynamic theories and theories of personality disorder.
The project started in 2002 and is still running.
Last review: September 2017.