VAPA is a non-profit organisation consisting of professionals with expertise in the discipline of psychology.

Founder & Creator:

The Violence & Abuse Prevention Alliance was established and the website written by forensic psychologist Lisa Hempenstall .

Trustees of VAPA include:

Aisling O'Meara,
Naomi Masheti
Martina Di Renzo
Sinead Devine

Contributions to the website have been made by:

Dr. Sean Hammond on mental health and abuse
Dr. Mike Murphy on elder abuse. 
Wayne MacSweeney on males experiencing domestic abuse.

VAPA is always interested in hearing from other practitioners and researchers in the area. If you would like to contribute to the website please contact

Become a member

If you are interested in highlighting your support for people who have or continue to experience Violence & Abuse you can do so by becoming a member of VAPA.  Simply click on this link and fill in your information. Your details should be online within 24 hours.

A list of members can be seen here

Support Services

If you are looking for information or contact details of support services in your area please see the support services page here

VAPA is always interested in hearing from you. If you are aware of a support service that you feel should be included on the site please contact