Changing Violent Men is based on the evaluation of British criminal justice responses and treatment programs for men who use violence against a woman partner. Court enforced abuser programs are compared with more traditional sanctions such as fines and probation. And qualitative and quantitative data are used to delineate patterns of personal change. This book allows the men and women involved to speak about their lives and the impact of criminal justice interventions upon them.
Men Talking About Violence
Men who are processed through the justice system or experience any other form of intervention, such as an abusers program, for violent behavior have usually perpetrated several violent events prior to the first formal intervention. Rarely does the first violent event begin the process of intervention for abusers or the help-seeking activities of its victims. The first assault is not usually reported to police, social workers, or medical staff. It is generally safe to assume that those receiving their first formal intervention are not there on the occasion of the first violent attack. Our own research and that of others indicates that numerous violent incidents occur prior to the first report to any formal agency and only a ...