Programs for men who perpetrate domestic violence: An examination of the issuesunderlying the effectiveness of intervention programs
This review paper seeks to explore some of the
reasons why rehabilitation programs for male perpetrators
of domestic violence appear to be less effective in reducing
recidivism than programs for other offender groups. It is
argued that while the model of systems response to
domestic violence has predominated at the inter-agency
level, further consideration might be given to way in which
men’s intervention groups are both designed and delivered.
It is concluded that the program logic of men’s domestic
violence programs is rarely articulated leading to low levels
of program integrity, and that one way to further improve
program effectiveness is to incorporate some of the
approaches evident in more general violence prevention
programs and from what is know about good practice in
general about offender rehabilitation.