Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Abuse: Risk implications from Research to Practice

This workshop will include an overview of IPV exploring assumptions, (active participant involvement in applying material to clients) and an introduction to current challenges deriving from theoretical developments. We will review current research exploring perpetrator behaviours and thinking, and link the theory to practice: seeking to apply this using structured tools: what does this mean for a SARA assessment.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

"Excellent. Excellent facilitator, very relevant to practice" - 2011 delegate


Please note that before attending this workshop delegates should have an understanding of the SARA and of the Duluth model.

Psychological theory underpinning the event

Developments in pathways and sub-groups of IPV offenders have developed integrated models of IPV and recognised heterogeneity within male perpetrators and across partner dyads. These theoretical developments have not led to changes in the tools used for risk assessment, but can be incorporated into our current practice, if practitioners are aware of the developments and prompted to apply this type of thinking. This will result in more nuanced and more helpful risk assessments and recommendations in this area of forensic work.

Facilitator: Professor Liz Gilchrist 

Professor Liz Gilchrist is a Registered Forensic Psychologist and Professor in Forensic Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. Liz’s primary research interest is in the area of domestic violence; with particular focus on risk assessment. She has been involved in training post graduate forensic psychologists since 1996 and has been a member of various forensic and professional committees within the British Psychological Society since then also. She is currently Chair of DFP-S and DFP rep on PAC. Liz is also recognised as an expert in the area of domestic violence and child protection, she is a network lead (violence) for the Scottish Centre Crime and Justice Research, a member of the Research Advisory Group and a recognised training provider for the RMA, a part-time psychologist member of the Parole Board for England and Wales and a lay member of the Parole Board for Scotland.

Booking information


  • DFP members: £25 + VAT
  • Society members: £50 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £75 + VAT

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

Alternatively, to pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form

Thu, 25/10/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Division of Forensic Psychology & BPS Learning Centre