1. Cosc's Current Research Programme

Cosc’s Current Research Programme

Cosc has two full-time research staff in its team. They are working on a number of research projects and providing input into a range of research being conducted by other organisations. Currently priority research projects include:

Survey of Public Attitudes to Domestic Violence

Cosc has commissioned a survey of 2000 people to determine public attitudes to Domestic Violence. This survey will provide a comprehensive picture of people’s views on Domestic Violence and their willingness to intervene where they either know or suspect it is happening. The results of this survey should be ready for publication in January 2009.

Mapping of Services

Cosc is currently preparing to carry out an extensive mapping of all services in the areas of Domestic and Sexual Violence. This extensive piece of research will be the first of its kind, and will provide a clear picture of the range of services that exist. This will greatly assist in understanding the range and accessibility of services provided to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and the scale to which these services are co-ordinated, so that an effective system is provided to victims of these crimes

Review of Perpetrator Programmes

Cosc has commissioned a review of programmes working with male perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Ms. Thangam Debbonaire has been engaged to carry out the review. Ms. Debbonaire is a leading UK expert in the development and operation of treatment programmes for perpetrators of Domestic Violence. She has worked with Respect (UK) where she was responsible for developing, piloting, reviewing and implementing a national system of assessment and accreditation for all domestic violence intervention projects in the UK. Ms. Debbonaire is expected to complete her work by the end of the year.