New paper on research-supported practices and intimate partner violence abuser treatment

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to understand the importance of research-supported practice for batterer intervention programs. Methods: This study applied descriptive statistics and chi-square analyses to a novel dataset from the Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Survey (N=411). This was a 69-item survey developed by domestic violence providers and researchers to understand the role of research-supported practice in the treatment of intimate partner violence (IPV). Results: This study found statistically significant differences between Duluth oriented programs and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) oriented programs with respect to the importance of research-supported practices and motivational interviewing, a strategy found effective in treatment of IPV by extant research. Discussion: There appears to have been an evolution among practitioners towards more eclecticism, and an acknowledgement that programs should be research-supported.  Conclusion: Implications of this study for education and treatment are discussed.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., John Hamel, Fred Buttell, & Regardt Ferreira. 2020. “The pursuit of research-supported treatment in batterer intervention:  The role of professional licensure and theoretical orientation for Duluth and CBT programs.” Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. Online first: