Cambridgeshire’s current domestic abuse strategy recognises that, although women and girls are disproportionately harmed by men (whether as current, or former partners) as victims of Intimate Partner Violence (or IPV), there are other types of domestic abuse regularly impacting Cambridgeshire’s communities, and coming to the attention of local service providers.


Subsequently, Cambridgeshire has embarked on a process of academic and practice-based research to better understand the context and impact of these types of domestic abuse (such as ‘bi-directional’ or ‘situational couple’ violence, ‘adolescent to parent violence and abuse’, or ‘inter-familial violence’). This research has shown that the causes for, and impacts of, these types of abuse and violence are complex, and there is a need for the local workforce to be able to appropriately respond to them.


In response to these findings, the Partnership provides a half-day training at Level 3 (NICE, 2014) to enable practitioners to better identify, assess, and respond to all the differing typologies of domestic abuse. This course discusses:

  • The ‘Feminist’ approach to domestic abuse (based on notions of patriarchal power and control)
  • Michael P. Johnson’s typologies of domestic abuse (situational couple violence, violent resistance, and intimate terrorism)
  • Inter-familial abuse (where the victim / offender relationship is not one of a current or former partner)
  • Adolescents who use violence and abuse against their parents and carers.


The training also provides tips and tools to practitioners to encourage them to better consider the context to all abusive relationships.  To book training please click here


*Some practitioners, not currently working at or trained to Level 3, may be unfamiliar with the terms above and should avoid using them in practice until relevant training has been undertaken.