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‘What Works’ in Reducing Domestic Violence? A ‘three-way’ evaluation of a domestic violence perpetrator programme

Roberts, Nicola (2001) ‘What Works’ in Reducing Domestic Violence? A ‘three-way’ evaluation of a domestic violence perpetrator programme. Masters thesis, University of Leicester.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)


Perpetrator programmes for all types of offenders have proliferated in recent years (Dobash, Dobash, Cavanagh and Lewis, 2000:64). Research shows that programmes that are underpinned by a number of interdependent principles can reduce the offending behaviour of those who participate on them substantially (Home Office, 1999:8-11; McGuire, 2000:97-98). There is limited specific research conducted into ‘what works’ with domestic violence perpetrator programmes in the United Kingdom (UK) (Dobash, Dobash, Cavanagh and Lewis, 1996a:ii). My study furthers research in this area by undertaking an independent evaluation of a domestic violence programme, analysing the programme, from design, through to implementation and outcome. Adopting a multi-method approach, using questionnaires, in-depth interviews, observation of group-work sessions, and case files, my study analyses participants’ attitudes and behaviour about their use of violence and other controlling behaviours in intimate relationships with women, and explores participants’ and practitioners’ views of the domestic violence programme. This study develops a theoretical framework to explain domestic violence, and advances best practice guidelines with domestic violence perpetrator programmes. Key findings from my study reveal that an emphasis on cognitive-behavioural approaches of teaching men general thinking and social skills, at the expense of pro-feminist approaches that re-educate men about men’s ‘roles’ and masculinities (Scourfield and Dobash, 1999:135-137) has resulted in minimal attitude change towards women and the use of violence in intimate relationships. The adverse implications of this on subsequent acts of domestic violence are considered, particularly the dangers of teaching men new modes of communication, whilst still retaining such positions of power in intimate relationships (Pence and Paymar, 1993:83).

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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 13:04
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 07:35


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