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NCJ Number: 185771 Find in a Library
Title: Therapy Programs for Batterers Are Effective at Reducing Domestic Violence (From Domestic Violence: Opposing Viewpoints, P 142-148, 2000, Tamara L. Roleff, ed. -- See NCJ-185753)
Author(s): Craig Chalquist
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author a marriage and family therapist who supervises therapy groups for men convicted of battering women in Ventura County, California, maintains group therapy gives men the opportunity to confront and change their behavior and attitudes.
Abstract: The therapist believes batterers need to understand that they alone are responsible for their behavior and need to be taught how to control their anger. Most of the men in the therapy groups in Ventura County have already done time. The groups clearly demonstrate failing to confront batterers makes them worse. Group therapy for men who batter their wives and female partners can have a positive impact in reducing domestic violence. In particular, some men learn self-control in group therapy and are better able to acknowledge their responsibility and modify their behavior. In addition, long-time participants in the therapy groups are very effective in helping new members acknowledge their responsibility and move beyond the use of violence.
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Battered wives; California; Criminal responsibility; Domestic assault; Female victims; Group therapy; Male offenders; Offender mental health services; Violence prevention; Violent crimes; Violent men
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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