Understanding the Contribution of Common Interventions with Men who Batter to the Reduction of Re-assaults
The justice system plays a prominent role in curbing men's use of violence against their female partners, says this author. Court orders of protection for abuse victims, pro-arrest policies, programs for men who batter, and coordinated community responses are the most common strategies used in the justice system for this purpose. Although the effectiveness of these interventions in reducing violence has received considerable attention by social science researchers, the findings are often not adequately disseminated among judges, police officers, lawyers, and probation officers. Moreover, specialized reports tend to present individual studies and modes of intervention in isolation, promoting the view of interventions for men who batter as discrete procedures rather than as social policies and programs that respond to individual, domestic, and social needs. In this article, the author reviews the research literature on the efficacy of the most common interventions on re-assault rates and evaluates their relative contribution to a broader systemic response to domestic violence. He concludes with recommendations for improving current interventions. Modified Author Abstract.