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NCJ Number: 149827 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment and Treatment of Violent Families (From Family Violence: Prevention and Treatment, P 198-229, 1993, Robert L. Hampton, Thomas P. Gullotta, et al., eds. - See NCJ-149818)
Author(s): G M Blau; M Butteweg Dall; L M Anderson
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews assessment and treatment issues for physically aggressive families.
Abstract: The two basic types of assessment for these families include investigative and interventive assessment. The former, often conducted by protective service or police personnel, aims to ascertain the severity and nature of the violent behavior. In the process, the interviewer must determine whether the children in the home should be removed for their own safety or whether the perpetrators are capable of controlling their behavior, recognize their behavior as being abusive, and are cooperative with the treatment plan. Interventive, or continuous, assessment, typically occurs after the crisis situation has stabilized where professionals gather data both on individuals and on the family system. Standardized measures, which can be used at the individual, family, and environment levels, have been developed to avoid interviewer bias. Interventions for violent families include the provision of shelters, the removal of the perpetrator, and the placement of endangered children. Therapeutic interventions or clinical interventions may include treatment for abusive parents, therapy for victims, family therapy, and community-based therapy. 117 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child abuse treatment; Criminology; Domestic assault; Family intervention programs; Treatment techniques
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