Don Hennessy on his book “Steps To Freedom” – interviewed by Irish radio
Don Hennessy speaks with wisdom and compassion. Much good info here.
One thing I learned that I hadn’t heard before was Don giving more details about the Cork Relationship Counseling Centre’s experience of running groups for male perpetrators. After running those groups for a while, they realised that the groups were doing more harm than good.
- The abusers were learning new abusive strategies from each other.
- The target women were expecting the men’s groups to reform their partners / ex-partners, so they felt let down by the counseling centre.
The counselors keep running the men’s groups for a while longer, not in the expectation they would be able to change the men for the better, but in order to study the men to be able to find a language that described the abusive men’s mentality and strategies.
They eventually concluded that men who abuse their intimate female partners were using the same strategies as PEDOPHILES — targetting, setting up, and grooming. They also concluded that men who abuse adult women in intimate relationships are better at targetting, setting up and grooming than pedophiles are.
This interview of Don Hennessy was done in 2018, but I have only just found it.
I will be adding this post to my Don Hennessy Digest. If you want to learn more about Don’s work, click that link.