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Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Subjects

Family violence -- Prevention, Intimate partner violence, Abusive men -- Rehabilitation, Aggressiveness -- Testing

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Nicholas Smith

Student Level

Undergraduate

Abstract

Currently there are few batterer intervention programs (BIPs) for perpetrators of domestic and intimate partner violence empirically supported. Therefore, the aim of this proposal is to compare these two models of BIPs and test the efficacy of reducing aggression in domestic violence offenders who are court mandated to treatment. A novel focus in this study is considering the effectiveness of intervention on subtypes of offenders. In collaboration with the department of corrections, we propose to recruit at least 120 participants, who will be randomly and equally assigned to either BIP, both of which maintain 24 weekly sessions. Directly following completion of treatment and 6-months post, participants will complete the CTS-2 short form aggression scale. It is expected that participants in the ACT-V condition will demonstrate a greater reduction in aggression scores when compared to CBT participants. Additionally, it is expected that while ACT-V will be effective for both subtypes of offenders, a more dramatic improvement is expected among the family-only violent offenders.

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Comparing Efficacy of Batterer Intervention Programs at Reducing Aggression in Subtypes of Domestic Violence Offenders

Currently there are few batterer intervention programs (BIPs) for perpetrators of domestic and intimate partner violence empirically supported. Therefore, the aim of this proposal is to compare these two models of BIPs and test the efficacy of reducing aggression in domestic violence offenders who are court mandated to treatment. A novel focus in this study is considering the effectiveness of intervention on subtypes of offenders. In collaboration with the department of corrections, we propose to recruit at least 120 participants, who will be randomly and equally assigned to either BIP, both of which maintain 24 weekly sessions. Directly following completion of treatment and 6-months post, participants will complete the CTS-2 short form aggression scale. It is expected that participants in the ACT-V condition will demonstrate a greater reduction in aggression scores when compared to CBT participants. Additionally, it is expected that while ACT-V will be effective for both subtypes of offenders, a more dramatic improvement is expected among the family-only violent offenders.