chapter  9
15 Pages

Family violence and family safety: working therapeutically with victims, perpetrators, survivors and their families

ByArlene Vetere

Arlene Vetere and Jan Cooper are both systemic family therapists. Arlene is also a clinical psychologist and Jan is also a social worker. Together they established a domestic violence service in a major city in the south of England. Their safety methodology was developed over 16 years of independent practice, alongside local statutory agencies. They put safety first at all times. Arlene and Jan encourage people to develop a sense of entitlement to their own safety, to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety, as much as they challenge any sense of entitlement to treat others with disrespect, and they encourage family members to take responsibility for their behaviours that harm others.