New Research Focuses On Treatment for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Not Victims

Via ScienceDaily:

A new University of Houston (UH) experiment takes an unconventional look at the treatment for domestic violence, otherwise known as intimate partner violence (IPV), by focusing on changing the perpetrators’ psychological abuse during arguments rather than addressing his sexist beliefs.

“There is a lot of research that studies the victim of intimate partner violence, but not the perpetrator,” said Julia Babcock, an associate professor in the department of psychology and co-director of the Center for Couples Therapy, a clinical research center at UH that offers therapy for couples. “The predominant model for IPV intervention is based on what was gleaned from women in battered women shelters and focuses on men’s patriarchal attitudes about power and control. Since most domestic violence occurs in the context of an argument, the experiment I conducted evaluated whether I could change how the communication goes during an argument with the batterer and his partner. The findings indicated the batterers could learn communications skills and when they applied them in an argument with their female partners, the argument improved and the participants felt better about the argument and more understood.”

Babcock notes this research is significant in that it breaks new ground in applying experiments to domestic violence and may improve batterers’ intervention programs. In a review of the research studies on the efficacy of batterers’ intervention programs, Babcock found the results disappointing. There was a small change when a perpetrator completed a batterers intervention program and only a 5 percent reduction rate in repeat offenses. “There is definitely a need to improve batterers’ intervention programs, since research suggests that they’re largely ineffective, but frequently prescribed by courts as a remedy for convicted IPV perpetrators,” said Babcock. Babcock’s research focuses on male batterers because men are the perpetrators in about 85 percent of the abuse cases, and women are 10 times more likely to be murdered by an intimate than are men.

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11 Comments on "New Research Focuses On Treatment for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Not Victims"

  1. charlieprimero | Aug 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm |

    > ….rather than addressing his sexist beliefs.

    The assumption of course being that the violent person is a HIM.

    Domestic violence statistics have been twisted harder than race car drive shaft.

    It’s a multi-billion dollar industry.

    Check out:

    • The Baffler | Aug 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

      Someone has to punish those fascist penis wielding men for the crime of being born male.

  2. Jesus Borg | Aug 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

    Hit me you fucking pussy! If you were a man you would hit me!”

    -Actual quote from crazy Bitch.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Aug 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm |

    There is a solution, it’s called a bullet, apply to abuser’s head as needed.

    • Magpie Allbeing | Aug 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm |

      Surprise, an anarchist with a violent solution! You just make it harder for intelligent anarchists, so thanks buddy.

      • Jin The Ninja | Aug 6, 2012 at 3:04 am |

        i think the point is that we, as anarchists, should not stand for oppression of any kind, nor should we condone hierarchical relationships based on gender roles, sexism, misogyny, or violence against non-state, non capital, non oppressive forces. strongly worded, but the overall point is an anarchist one. how can we claim the politics of anti-oppression, if within our own communities we tolerate oppression in any name?

  4. the pervasive and high level of mental illness in Der Homeland
    seems to go unrecognized
    except as small, isolated, easy to categorize “syndromes” 

  5. I like where this research could go, eduction is key when it comes to stopping any violent crime, and it’s definitely needed in the home. Domestic violence is a terrible thing (I spent most of my childhood living in a violent home). When children are raised in that situation the negative impact of the house rubs off on the children and can create a perpetual cycle of violence and anger that’s very hard to break.

    In no way am I defending women beaters, but the problem needs to be nipped in the bud, punishment to some of these men (including my own father) is a reward.

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