Ciara Bergman Expert in domestic abuse intervention responsesGet in Touch
Ciara joined Respect in 2018, when she developed both the model and the associated programme manual and training packages for Make a Change - a community-wide early response to domestic abuse perpetration including workforce development and community engagement. Now the Head of Perpetrator Services for Respect, Ciara is responsible for the strategic leadership of all of Respect’s domestic abuse intervention responses, including Make a Change, Restart, and the London Safe & Together Partnership. Ciara also oversees Respect's research partnerships, including Advance - which looks at the relationship between substance misuse and domestic abuse perpetration, and Reprovide - a long term RCT considering the efficacy of community based Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes for heterosexual male perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Before joining Respect, Ciara spent a decade working with both perpetrators of domestic abuse and victims/survivors. She spent 7 years at the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) – starting as an individual and groupwork practitioner, and later becoming Manager and Senior Risk Assessor of the Family Courts Team. She has worked as an expert witness in the public and private family courts for over 13 years, providing expert evidence and assessments in contact and care arrangement cases where domestic abuse is a concern. In 2020, she developed a remotely delivered Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme for fathers in family court proceedings concerning contact arrangements. She continues to lead on the MOJ DAPP Review and oversee Respect's work with CAFCASS and in the family courts more broadly.
Ciara is also a qualified DHR chair, certified Safe and Together trainer, Vice Chair of the Board at the Ava project, and a board member of the European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.