What is it about?

This paper is presenting results from an observational study which has measured the impact of an equine-assisted education (EAE) intervention on the future occurrence of domestic violence within the family over 1 year following completion of the intervention as part of the troubled families program.

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Why is it important?

Significant reductions in domestic violence and child in need status were found for those families who had a member or members attend and complete the equine-assisted intervention under study. Those families referred to the equine-assisted intervention also had significantly more complex needs than those in the other groups. Referrals to this intervention are normally for those families for whom talk-based interventions such as parenting, or education-based interventions are not working.


This is the first large scale observational study to be published in the scientific literature on equine assisted services focused on the reduction of domestic violence/abuse.

Professor of Public Health Ann Hemingway
Bournemouth University

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This page is a summary of: Reducing the incidence of domestic violence: An observational study of an equine‐assisted intervention, Family Process, March 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/famp.12768.
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