Working with female and/or lesbian perpetrators of domestic violence means to accept the idea that women can be aggressive, angry, hostile and violent. Since a lot of women’s organisations/facilities support women who have been victims, several considerations have to be taken into account:
Women’s space is not free of violence
- Objectives of the social service/counselling centre need to include women as perpetrators. This decision needs to be carried by all stuff members.
- The facility should subscribe to violent free behaviour and support a climate of non-violence.
- Female perpetrators should be treated respectfully and supported to change.
- There is a high probability that violent women have been victims of violence in their lives; but present, they are perpetrating violent acts toward their partners, children, family, friends or strangers.
- Providing safety of victim is imperative.
- Treatment should be based on immediate stop of violence.
- At a women’s centre, victims and perpetrators accidentally can meet. Measures should be taken to reduce risk at minimum.
. Dealing with violent women simply means to make women’s violence visible. Violent women have a right to get all support they need to end their abuse. It is women’s duty to meet them with respect but demanding violent-free behaviour at the same time.