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National Library Week

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NCJ Number: NCJ 241302     Find in a Library
Title: Complex Behavioral Patterns and Trajectories of Domestic Violence Offenders
Author(s): Alison Snow Jones, Ph.D. ; D. Alex Heckert, Ph.D. ; Edward D. Gondolf, Ed.D. ; Qiang Zhang, M.S., M.A., M.E. ; Edward H. Ip, Ph.D.
  Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:2010  Pages:3 to 17
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 15
  Annotation: This study investigated how complex behavioral patterns and trajectories of domestic violence offenders changed over time.
Abstract: Evidence-based practice within the criminal justice system has relied primarily on cumulative reports of reassaults or rearrests, especially in evaluating effectiveness of domestic violence (DV) interventions. The authors use a longitudinal sample of DV offenders arrested and referred to DV offender program in four cities to examine complex multi-outcome patterns of violent and abusive behavior and trajectories between patterns over time. Offenders and their partners were surveyed at program intake and followed for 15 months (N=550). A Hidden Markov Model identifies four distinct behavioral patterns. Trajectory analysis indicates that the most abusive state is relatively stable and indicative of a high probability of future physical assault. Results suggest that evaluation based on complex outcomes may improve criminal justice intervention effectiveness, risk assessment, and risk management. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Assault and battery ; Individual behavior ; Behavior patterns ; Behavior typologies ; Battered wives ; Battered husbands ; Abused women ; Domestic violence causes ; Spouse abuse causes ; Domestic assault prevention ; Verbal abuse ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-WT-VX-0014
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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