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Changing Violent Men



October 1999 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Accessibly written and presented, Changing Violent Men is based on the authors' evaluation research of various criminal justice responses and treatment programs for men who use violence against a woman partner. It seeks to answer the questions "What, if anything, works and why?"

In examining the effectiveness of two court-mandated abuser programs, compared with more traditional justice sanctions such as fines, probation, and others, the authors provide:

  • Detailed descriptions of the nature of violence
  • Considerations of interventions with violent men, particularly abuser programs
  • A focus on whether violent men can change
  • Theorizing about the process of personal change among those men who do change their behavior

Both qualitative and quantitative data are used to delineate the patterns of violence and personal change and to give a voice to men as well as women speaking about their relationships, about the impact of various criminal justice interventions and about changes in their lives. Although the programs evaluated are in the United Kingdom, they are modeled on programs in the United States, so the book will have wide appeal to advanced students and practitioners in the United States, the United Kingdom, and around the world.

 
PART ONE: FOCUSING ON MEN'S VIOLENCE AND THE PROCESS OF CHANGE
 
Responding to Abused Women
 
"Domestic Violence" Is Asymmetrical
 
The Transformative Project
 
The "Fit"
 
PART TWO: MEN TALKING ABOUT VIOLENCE
 
The Violence
 
Effects of Violence
 
Sources of Conflict
 
The Context of Violence
 
PART THREE: INTERVENTION FOR CHANGE: RESPONDING VIOLENT MEN
 
The Justice System
 
Programs for Abusers
 
The Research Sites
 
Women Partners
 
PART FOUR: METHODS FOR EVALUATING PROGRAMS FOR VIOLENT MEN
 
Violence and Personal Change
 
Issues in Evaluation Research
 
Evaluating Programs for Violent Men
 
The Violent Men Study
 
The Constellation of Violence
 
Data Collection
 
PART FIVE: THE CONTEXT OF INTERVENTION: VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT RELATIONSHIPS
 
The Relationships
 
Previous Violence, Injuries, and Controlling Behaviour
 
Reactions to Violence
 
Contacts With Others
 
The Violent Event Leading to Conviction and Inclusion in the Study
 
PART SIX: CAN VIOLENT MEN CHANGE?
 
Program Integrity and Evaluative Criteria
 
Investigating Selection Bias - Comparisons of the Groups
 
Do Violent Men Change?
 
PART SEVEN: CHANGES IN QUALITY OF LIFE
 
Assessing the Quality of Life
 
Changes in Men's Orientations to Violence
 
Changes in Men's Related Behaviors and Emotional Well-being
 
Changes in Men's Orientations to Their Woman Partner
 
Changes in Women's Quality of Life and Sense of Well-Being
 
Changes in the Relationship
 
Reducing Conflicts
 
Safety and Anger
 
Summary
 
PART EIGHT: WHY MEN CHANGE
 
Spontaneous Reflections About Change
 
Three Stories of Change
 
The Process of Change
 
The Sustainability of Change
 
PART NINE: THE CHALLENGE

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