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 challenge is twofold. Seeking an effective and sustainable solution to the problem of men's violence against intimate partners involves recognizing the issue and addressing it is a problem. This cannot be undertaken without including concerted efforts to engage violent men. Seeking a solution must, of necessity, address the source of the problem—men's violence—and the consequence of such acts of violence—harm to women partners. It must also address the wider social conditions in which such behavior emerges and continues.
It is clear from the outset that assistance and support must be provided for women who have been the victims of violence. In modern industrial societies, this involves agencies of the state and community as well as the traditional supports from friends and kin. ...