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.
The Context of Intervention: Violence and Violent Relationships
Before presenting the results of the Violent Men Study, we consider the context and history of violence and conflict in the relationships of the men and women included in the study. The nature of the violence and the context associated with it, particularly previous attempts to deal with the violence and its consequences, provide an essential backdrop to the violent incident that led to the man's conviction and subsequent inclusion in this study. Primarily through the voices of the women, we consider the nature of violence against women; the women's previous attempts to deal with violent men; and their efforts to use others, including the social services and the legal ...