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NCJ Number: NCJ 223030   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Supplemental Mental Health Treatment For Batterer Program Participants
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Edward W. Gondolf
Date Published: 09/2007
Page Count: 151
  Annotation: This study examined the impact on batterer (perpetrator of domestic assault) program completion and reassaults of female partners in relation to the program's mental health screening, compliance with referrals for mental health services, and mental health treatment effectiveness.
Abstract: The study concluded that the extra efforts, procedures, coordination, and costs of implementing a mandatory screening and referral system for batterer mental health treatment did not improve overall outcomes (program completion and significant reduction in partner abuse). This finding must be viewed with caution, however, because of the small portion of men who actually received treatment and the lack of improvement in mental health for the referred men as a whole. It is difficult to justify investment in the apparatus required for mandatory referral for mental health treatment for the relatively small portion of men involved and the small net improvement in outcomes. The option of referral for men with observed or self-reported mental health problems seems justified, however. One instructive finding is that batterer program participants are not likely to comply with voluntary referrals for mental health treatment. Accountability through court mandate, oversight, and sanctions should substantially improve compliance, and the men who do comply should benefit from treatment. The service delivery evaluation showed that nearly half of the batterer program participants (n=479 of 1,043) screened positive on the Brief Symptom Inventory and were referred to a local mental health clinic. Only 30 percent of the referred men received an evaluation, and 20 percent received some treatment under mandatory referral. At least one-third of the referred men acknowledged a need for treatment and were more likely to obtain treatment. The outcome evaluation was based on a 12-month followup with female partners (65 percent response rate; n=308). 4 figures, 15 tables, and 87 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Referral services ; Involuntary treatment ; Voluntary treatment ; Diagnostic and reception processing ; Domestic assault ; Abusing spouses ; Offender mental health services ; Spouse abuse treatment programs ; Treatment effectiveness ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003-MU-MU-0002
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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