Changing Violent Men

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R. Emerson Dobash, Russell P. Dobash, Kate Cavanagh & Ruth Lewis

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  • Sage Series on Violence Against Women

    Series Editors

    Claire M. Renzetti

    St. Joseph's University

    Jeffrey L. Edleson

    University of Minnesota

    In this series …

    I AM NOT YOUR VICTIM: Anatomy of Domestic Violence

    • by Beth Sipe and Evelyn J. Hall

    WIFE RAPE: Understanding the Response of Survivors and Service Providers

    • by Raquel Kennedy Bergen

    FUTURE INTERVENTIONS WITH BATTERED WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES

    • edited by Jeffrey L. Edleson and Zvi C. Eisikovits

    WOMEN'S ENCOUNTERS WITH VIOLENCE: Australian Experiences

    • edited by Sandy Cook and Judith Bessant

    WOMAN ABUSE ON CAMPUS: Results From the Canadian National Survey

    • by Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz

    RURAL WOMEN BATTERING AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM: An Ethnography

    • by Neil Websdale

    ATHLETES AND ACQUAINTANCE RAPE

    • by Jeffrey R. Benedict

    SAFETY PLANNING WITH BATTERED WOMEN: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices

    • by Jill Davies, Eleanor Lyon, and Diane Monti-Catania

    RETHINKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

    • edited by R. Emerson Dobash and Russell P. Dobash

    EMPOWERING SURVIVORS OF ABUSE: Health Care for Battered Women and Their Children

    • edited by Jacquelyn Campbell

    BATTERED WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND WELFARE REFORM: The Ties That Bind

    • edited by Ruth A. Brandwein

    CHANGING VIOLENT MEN

    • by R. Emerson Dobash, Russell P. Dobash, Kate Cavanagh, and Ruth Lewis

    COORDINATING COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Lessons From Duluth and Beyond

    • edited by Melanie F. Shepard and Ellen L. Pence

    SAME-SEX DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Strategies for Change

    • edited by Beth Leventhal and Sandra E. Lundy

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    Dedication

    In loving memory of Ike Emerson, a kind and gentle man.

    Acknowledgments

    We wish to thank the men and women who participated in the Violent Men Study and hope that the stories of their lives will help create more effective ways of working to eliminate violence against women in the home. We acknowledge the important efforts of the staff of the abuser programs—CHANGE and the Lothian Domestic Violence Probation Project (LDVPP)—in working to end men's violence against women partners by adding a vital and positive response to this serious problem and thank them for their cooperation with the research. The court personnel in Edinburgh and Central Region, Scotland, were generous in allowing us access to their records and helpful in assisting with our enquiries. We also thank the Women's Aid groups in Central Region. The Violent Men Study was funded by a grant from the Scottish Office and the Home Office, England, and we are particularly grateful to Lorna Smith, Joe Curran, Val Cox, and Colin Baxter. Dan Ellingworth made important contributions to the statistical analysis reported in Chapter 6.

    Dobash and Dobash would also like to express their appreciation to the Rockefeller Foundation; the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF); the University of Bielefeld, Germany; and the Volkswagen Foundation for supporting various colloquia that contributed to the theoretical and empirical work reported here.

  • Appendix A

    Figure A.1: Prevalence (at least once) and Frequent (more than 5 times in a typical year) Violence (reports of women Time 1)

    Figure A.2: Prevalence (at least once) and Frequent (more than 5 times in a typical year) Injuries (reports of women Time 1)

    Figure A.3: Prevalence (at least once) and Frequent (more than 5 times in a typical year) Controlling Behaviors (reports of women Time 1)

    Figure A.4: Reports of Frequent Violence (more than 5 times in a typical year) Compared (men and women)

    Figure A.5: Reports of Frequent Injuries (more than 5 times in a typical year) Compared (men and women)

    Appendix B

    Table B.1 Comparison of Men's Program Group and Other CJ Group Men on Individual and Background Characteristics (modal categories and statistically significant differences)

    Table B.2 Results of Applying Cronbach's Alpha to the Violence Assessment Index (VAI)

    Table B.3 Results of Applying Cronbach's Alpha to the Injury Assessment Index (IAI)a

    Table B.4 Results of Applying Cronbach's Alpha to the Controlling Behavior Index (CBI)

    Table B.5 Changes in Quality of Life and Evaluation of Relationship: Comparisons of Other CJ and Men's Program Groups One Year After Interview (women's assessments in percentages)

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    About the Authors

    Rebecca Emerson Dobash is Professor of Social Research and Russell P. Dobash is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Manchester, U.K.; they are also codirectors of the violence Research Center. they have coauthored several books and numerous government reports and scores of articles in journals and scholarly anthologies. Their books include Violence Against Wives (1986), Women Viewing Violence (1992), and Women, Violence and Social Change (1992). Violence Against Wives won the World Congress of Victimology Award; Women, Violence and Social Change won the American Society of Criminology's Distinguished book Award for Comparative Research; and they have also been awarded the American Criminological Association's August Vollmer Award. Their most recent coedited book is Rethinking Violence Against Women (1998).

    They have twice been scholars in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Centre in Bellagio, Italy, and have held fellowships and/or research grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and several British governmental departments and have been international fellows in criminology at the University of Melbourne.

    In more than two decades of research on violence they have collaborated with colleagues in many academic disciplines, worked with women's groups in several countries, and served as research advisors to agencies of the British, Canadian, U.S., and Australian governments. Current research includes work on convicted child sex abusers; an evaluation of criminal justice-based treatment programs for violent men; bodybuilding, steroids and violence; a comparison of men's and women's accounts of violent events; and men's reactions to televised violence. Along with Kate Cavanagh and Ruth Lewis they are currently conducting the first national study of homicide in Britain.

    Kate Cavanagh holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester and is a lecturer in social work in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at Glasgow University, Scotland. She has been involved in the issue of domestic violence for the last 20 years as an activist, practitioner, and researcher. She has also undertaken research on drug takers, disability, and child abuse. She is particularly interested in developing feminist perspectives in social work and is coeditor of Working With Men: Feminism and Social Work (1997). Her current research interests include mental health, the social construction of violent relationships, and feminist methods; and with Ruth Lewis she is now assessing interventions for violent men in European countries. Along with the other coauthors of this book she is currently investigating homicide in Britain.

    Ruth Lewis received her doctorate from the University of Manchester and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Social Policy at the University of Newcastle, U.K. Her research interests focus on gender, violence, and sociolegal issues. She is engaged in research exploring how survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence experience civil and criminal justice systems, and with Kate Cavanagh she is assessing interventions for violent men in several European countries. Along with the other coauthors of this book she is currently investigating homicide in Britain.


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