John Devaney’s Story
John Devaney travelled to Norway in 2012 and Canada in 2013 to study approaches to working with perpetrators of domestic violence.
John is a senior lecturer in social work at Queens University Belfast. He was in practice for nearly twenty years, and saw the impact that domestic violence had on the lives of adult and child victims.
During separate trips to Norway in 2012 and then Canada in 2013 John explored the legal, policy and practice responses to working with perpetrators of domestic violence, and the learning that could be applied in the UK. Both countries are seen as being at the forefront of research and practice in this area. During his trips he met with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, service providers, policy makers and researchers.
Since returning to the UK, John has used the learning gained through his Fellowship in a number of ways. He has published articles in academic journals and books, and in September 2015 he convened the inaugural European Conference on Domestic Violence at Queen’s University Belfast. The conference was attended by 520 delegates from 34 countries, and provided a platform for the sharing of work and exchanging of ideas. A number of Churchill Fellows who had undertaken studies into domestic violence were in attendance at the conference and presented their learning. Further conferences have now been planned for Porto, Portugal in September 2017, and Oslo, Norway in 2019.
In June 2016 John and a colleague published a new book, Domestic Violence Perpetrators - Evidence informed responses, drawing upon the learning gained during his Fellowship. The book reviews the evidence informing our understanding of the nature of domestic violence, and effective responses to working with those who perpetrate violence and abuse towards their current or former intimate partners.
Read John’s report here