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Title: Predicting Levels of Abuse and Reassault Among Batterer Program Participants
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  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): D. Alex Heckert Ph.D. ; Edward W. Gondolf M.P.H
Corporate Author: Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute (MAATI)
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2004
Page Count: 103
  Annotation: This document discusses the prediction of reoffending for male batterers.
Abstract: Prediction of abuse and reassault among men referred to batterer programs would help determine sanctions for batterers and assist women in making safety decisions. Three main approaches to prediction are the use of risk markers, risk assessment instruments, and batterer types. These approaches have produced relatively weak predictions for primarily dichotomized “reassault” versus “no reassault” outcomes. The goal of the present research was to improve prediction using multinomial logistic regressions with multiple outcomes and conditional factors for risk markers, simulated risk instruments, and batterer personality types. Another goal was to explore for alternative batterer types and abuse outcome categories that might further improve prediction. Data from an evaluation of four batterer programs were used. Its variables included large sample size (840), 4 sites, 15-month follow-up, and high response rate (70 percent of the women). Multiple outcomes included no abuse, verbal abuse or controlling behavior, threats, one reassault, and repeated reassaults. Conditional factors included living together, relationship troubles, antisocial behaviors, and the woman filing a protection order. The results were compared with equations that used dichotomized outcomes to determine whether prediction improved. The results indicated that using multiple outcomes improved prediction with risk markers; conditional variables did not improve prediction; and including batterer personality types did not improve prediction. It was concluded that using psychological assessments to determine the extent of intervention may not be that useful; risk assessment instruments should be used with caution; women’s risk appraisals should be obtained and heeded; and “high-risk” batterers are not easily identifiable or “typed.” 27 tables, 110 references, appendix
Main Term(s): Recidivism ; Abusing spouses
Index Term(s): Treatment ; Family offenses ; Battered wives ; Domestic assault ; Dangerousness ; Spouse abuse treatment programs ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-WT-VX-0014;R49/CCR310525
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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