Domestically Violent Offenders: Treatment Approaches

In the United States, the judicial response to domestic violence consists of support services for victims and a combination of incarceration, court monitoring, and/or treatment for perpetrators. Treatment for court-mandated perpetrators is regulated on a state level and consists of a specified number of same-sex psychoeducational group sessions (average 26 weeks), commonly known as batterer intervention programs (BIPs). Although general population surveys find that men and women are equally likely to perpetrate relationship violence, men account for approximately 90% of offenders enrolled in BIPs. This is partly due to the greater physical and psychological impact that domestic assaults have on women and partly due to greater societal tolerance for female-perpetrated violence and the reluctance of male victims to call the police. This entry provides an ...

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