First Advisor

Eric Mankowski

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Psychology






Restorative justice, Victims of crimes -- Services for -- Evaluation, Intimate partner violence -- Prevention



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1 online resource (x, 283 pages)


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the most pressing and consequential social problems facing the United States. The current response to IPV in the U.S. is most often a form of tertiary prevention, targeted at individuals directly responsible for (referred to here as "justice involved individuals" or JIIs) and harmed by IPV (referred to here as "survivors"). U.S. institutional responses to IPV are implemented through the criminal justice system. The inherent contradiction in grounding IPV intervention approaches such as BIPs within a social system that itself uses coercion, threat of punishment, and retribution to maintain order and control over others requires attention and the consideration of other approaches to IPV intervention that may facilitate desired behavioral changes in JII participants. This dissertation therefore examines an alternative approach to IPV intervention in the use of surrogate impact panels as a restorative justice practice for IPV intervention in coordination with local BIPs. Although the program of research on these panels includes a qualitative study of the perceived impacts of the panels on survivor speakers, this dissertation only focuses on the panel process and potential impacts of panels on JII participants. Three manuscripts are presented from a program of research spanning five years on the process and impact of IPV surrogate impact panels. The first manuscript (Chapter II) describes how surrogate impact panels function in the context of IPV. The second manuscript (Chapter III) gathers qualitative and quantitative data from multiple stakeholder perspectives to explore the perceived impacts of the panel on JII participants and identify salient domains of JII change for future measurement of panels. The third manuscript (Chapter IV) builds directly on these previous studies to measure immediate changes in JIIs after panels using pre- and post-test surveys and observational coding of panel processes. In sum, this program of research clarifies the conceptualization of IPV surrogate impact panels and how JIIs short-term changes after panels may relate to their long-term desistance from IPV.


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