Evaluating group-based programmes for individuals who use violence and abuse in their intimate relationships

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This chapter will explore what we have learnt about working with those who use violence and abuse against their current or former intimate partner, with a particular focus on group-based programmes, and their evaluation. Drawing upon current evidence about the effectiveness of such programmes, the chapter will explore the underpinning research methods and how our understanding of whether group-based programmes are effective is inextricably linked to the design of studies and the methodological choices made. These are framed, in turn, by our broader understanding of what causes and sustains such behaviour. While the evidence to date questions whether group-based programmes are effective, this may be as much about the quality of research to date. There is some evidence that programmes do work for some individuals in some circumstances, but programmes are often attempting to work with too broad a range of characteristics and needs, including those who are mandated to attend by the criminal justice system alongside those who are voluntarily seeking help. Additionally, we need to better understand the role of group facilitators versus programme content in bringing about change. The chapter concludes by highlighting areas for consideration in future research studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse
EditorsJohn Devaney, Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Rebecca J. Macy, Carolina Øverlien, Stephanie Holt
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429331053
ISBN (Print)9780367334857
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • domestic violence
  • domestic abuse
  • intimate partner violence


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