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.

Can Violent Men Change?
Can violent men change?

The question, “Can violent men change?” might simply be answered yes or no, depending on one's ideological orientation to this issue. Examples of individual cases could be provided in support of either answer. Such simplicity, however, provides little assistance in the overall transformative process of seeking change with respect to this form of violence, and it offers no help in considering what forms of intervention might deliver the most change among the perpetrators of this violence. So let us address this question seriously and with some care. Here, we turn our attention to the effectiveness of court-mandated abuser programs in eliminating subsequent violence, controlling behaviors, and supporting beliefs and to the fundamental issue of personal change that is ...

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