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Domestic Violence Intervention-15

DOI: 10.1016/b978-012267806-6/50049-4
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Publisher Summary Domestic violence is physical violence committed by one intimate partner against the other with the intention of causing physical pain or injury. Violence ranges from pushing, shoving, and slapping to punching, hitting with an object, injuring using a weapon, or threatening with a weapon. Efforts to stop the violence have taken many forms and include diverse settings such as community shelters, schools, courts, hospitals and clinics, and research institutions. While treatment outcome research is in its infancy, there is some preliminary evidence that certain kinds of interventions work better for particular batterer types than for others, that some offenders may not be helped by traditional interventions, and that even brief intervention programs are better than no treatment at all. Group treatment is generally preferred to individual or couples treatment. Those batterers who drop out of treatment, and are therefore hardest to treat, are likely to be young substance abusers with a long history of violence. Dating violence programs for teenagers and psycho-educational intervention programs for younger children exposed to domestic violence are examples of innovative secondary preventions. It is hoped that in the future, communities that take the initiative in preempting and combating violence against women will need fewer treatment programs and police units to respond to domestic violence after it occurs.

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