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Using reoffenders’ experiences and perspectives to improve intimate partner violence treatment Galina A. Portnoy and Christopher M. Murphy

By: Portnoy, Galina A.
Contributor(s): Murphy, Christopher M.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Journal of Interpersonal Violence.Publisher: Sage, 2017Subject(s): ABUSIVE MEN | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | INTERVENTION | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | PERPETRATOR PROGRAMMES | PERPETRATORS | QUALITATIVE RESEARCH | RECIDIVISM | UNITED STATESOnline resources: Read abstract In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2017, Advance online publication 14 June 2017
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Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2017, Advance online publication 14 June 2017

A substantial proportion of partner-violent men reoffend subsequent to completing intimate partner violence (IPV) treatment. A critical step in enhancing treatment for IPV perpetration is to understand reoffense among those who recidivate following treatment completion. Investigating reoffenders’ own perceptions regarding potential directions for treatment modification may improve overall treatment outcomes. Qualitative research examining the experiences of participants who utilize IPV treatment is limited. In the present study, we examined implications for treatment from an exploration of reoffenders’ interpretation of their recidivist events and their beliefs regarding treatment effectiveness. A constructivist grounded theory approach was used to generate theory regarding behavior change, treatment perceptions, and recidivist processes among men who experience difficulty staying nonviolent. Emergent qualitative themes revealed reoffenders’ perceptions of treatment and suggestions for treatment modification. Reoffenders identified program factors that they believed would have enhanced program effectiveness for themselves, and thus may have prevented their recidivist incidents. Treatment implications that emerged from reoffenders’ narratives are organized along three key dimensions: modality-specific variables, which were relevant to treatment approach and effectiveness of group therapy; content-specific variables, which were relevant to skill acquisition and skill application; and participant-specific variables, which were relevant to intrapersonal characteristics of the participants themselves. Recommendations for treatment enhancement are discussed. (Authors' abstract). Record #5882