3 A. Research and Evaluations

Mental Illness and Domestic Homicide: A Population-Based Descriptive Study

Oram, Flynn, Shaw, Appleby, and Howard (2013) [abstract]

The findings of this study highlight that a significant minority of people who kill a partner, ex-partner or family member have symptoms of mental ill-health at the time of the homicide. The majority of perpetrators of domestic homicide are not considered to be mentally unwell at the time of the offense, nor have they been in contact with mental health services in the year prior to the homicide. Perpetrators with symptoms of mental illness at the time of offense were less likely than perpetrators without symptoms to have previous violence convictions or history of alcohol abuse.

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Drinking context-specific associations between intimate partner violence and frequency and volume of alcohol consumption

Mair, C. et al (2013) [abstract]

This study explored the extent to which the place where people drink is related to perpetrating intimate partner violence. Among a sample of 1585 married and co-habiting couples in California, the researchers found that male partners’ frequency of drinking at parties at another person’s home increased the risk of male-to-female violence, whilst drinking during quiet nights at home was associated with risk of female-to-male violence. The authors were clear to note that the research includes no data on the causality of the violence, only that the venue for drinking is related to the likelihood of violence.

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Addressing substance abuse and violence in substance use disorder treatment and batterer intervention programs

Timko. C et al (2012)

Substance use disorders and perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) are interrelated, major public health problems. This research surveyed directors of a sample of substance use disorder treatment programs (SUDPs; N=241) and batterer intervention programs (BIPs; N=235) in California (70% response rate) to examine the extent to which SUDPs address IPV, and BIPs address substance abuse.

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Why Extending Measurements of ‘Success’ in Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes Matters for Social Work

Westmarland, N. and Kelly, L. (2012)

British Journal of Social Work Advance Access published April 16, 2012 and British Journal of Social Work (2012) 1-19.

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Violence Perpetrator Programmes - What counts as success? Briefing Note

Westmarland, N., Kelly, L. and Chalder-Mills, J. (2010)

This briefing note sets out the key findings from research into what success looks like for key stakeholders in programmes working with perpetrators of domestic violence. This research was undertaken as part of a pilot study designed to feed into a larger programme of research on domestic violence perpetrator programmes.

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Evidence of effects of domestic violence perpetrator programmes on women’s safety

Respect (2010)

Briefing paper presenting key findings from research into the efficacy of perpetrator programmes.

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Who Does What to Whom? Gender and Domestic Violence Perpetrators

Hester, M. (2009)

This research was commissioned by the Northern Rock Foundation to explore how male victims and perpetrators of domestic violence differ from female victims and perpetrators, with regard to the nature and number of domestic violence incidents recorded by the police. The report explores ‘who does what to whom’, taking into account both context and consequences.

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Lethal and Nonlethal Violence Against an Intimate Female Partner Comparing Male Murderers to Nonlethal Abusers

Dobash, R.E.  et al. (2007) [abstract]

Men's lethal and non-lethal use of  violence against an intimate female partner are compared with various risk factors examined.

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Telling it Like a Man: masculinities and battering men's accounts of their violence

Mullaney, J.L. (2007)

Despite the increase in recent decades in research on men's violence against women, few studies focus exclusively on men's verbal accounts of this violence. In this article, the author compares men's accounts offered to her as a researcher with those accounts reportedly given to female partners. A deeper look into these contradictory accounts reveals the creative ways men use verbal strategies as redress for various forms of masculinity they feel have been taken from them by their partners and/or agencies of the state and how hegemonic masculinity enables them to use certain accounts in the first place.

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Time for Change: an assessment of services for domestic abuse perpetrators in Bristol

Hester, M. et al. (2006)

This research profiled domestic violence perpetrators in Bristol, with profiling across three groups of perpetrators: those convicted of domestic violence offences, those who were not convicted of domestic violence offences and perpetrators from BME communities. Risk assessment tools were established and the research fed into the development of a perpetrator programme.

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Domestic Violence Perpetrators: identifying needs to inform early intervention

Hester, M. et al. (2006)

The research project aimed to build up a picture of domestic violence perpetrators entering the criminal justice system and identify help seeking pathways and agencies involved in interventions with such perpetrators

• Research report: Domestic Violence Perpetrators: Identifying Needs to Inform Early Intervention: click here

• Service provision findings: Service Provision for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: click here


Domestic Violence Offenders: characteristics and offending related needs

Gilchrist, E. et al. (2003)

The study reported here, produced on behalf of the Home Office, investigated and described the characteristics and offending-related or ‘criminogenic’ needs of domestic violence offenders on probation or referred for a pre-sentence report. The research helped to inform the Probation Services’ response to this group of offenders.

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Domestic Violence: who are the victims and who are the perpetrators?

Bell, C. (2001)

An examination of research relating to the use of violence by both men and women within intimate relationships.

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Domestic Violence: working with perpetrators, the community and its institutions

Blacklock, N (2001)

Reflections on the development of perpetrator programmes within the London based Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP).

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Towards an Understanding of Women’s Use of Non-Lethal Violence in Intimate Heterosexual Relationships

Dasgupta, S.D. (2001)

This article considers how women’s use of violence in heterosexual relationships may be different to that used by men and provides a literature review of available evidence.

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Working with Young Men who Batter: current strategies and new directions

Peacock, D. and Rothman, R. (2001)

This article offers an overview of perpetrator programmes for young men in the US. It identifies risk factors for teen dating violence perpetration as described by the literature and considers the utility of these findings, describes efforts to prevent re-offences, and outlines current challenges within the field. In addition, the authors draw upon research from related fields to posit possible future directions for research and intervention efforts.

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Characteristics of Batterers in a Multi-site Evaluation of Batterer Intervention Systems

Gondolf, E. W. (1996) Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

Results from a multi-site evaluation of four perpetrator programmes across the USA involving research with 840 men.

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Specific issues – perpetrators and substance use

Evaluation of the Impact and the Sustainability of the Lewisham Domestic Violence and Alcohol Arrest Referral Scheme Final Report

Ranzetta, L., Sired, C., and Agar, I. (2008)

A pilot scheme was set up in early 2007 to explore the association between alcohol and domestic violence at a local level and to test the feasibility of delivering voluntary alcohol assessment and brief interventions to domestic violence arrestees in the custody suite.

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Domestic violence perpetration and alcohol: audio and resources

Alcoholpolicy.net  (2007)

Audio is available to download of the presentations given by Karen Bailey (Stella Project), Stuart Cameron (TryAngle Project) and Hannah Lindsell and Claire Sibson (Lewisham Alcohol Arrest Referral Pilot) at the workshop.

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Domestic violence and alcohol online chat transcript

Home Office (2007)

The transcript is now available detailing the online discussion organised by the Home Office Crime Reduction Unit.

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Cross cutting issues in violence: results from the Tackling Violent Crime (TVCP) tranche 3 problem profiles

Burrell, A. (2007)

The report gives an overview of cross cutting issues in violence as identified by problem profiles submitted to the Police Standards Unit under tranche 3 of the Tackling Violent Crime Programme (TVCP).  Alcohol features strongly throughout. The report highlights problems with flagging police data as alcohol-related - the flags are under-used and sometimes misapplied.  Information from the TVCP areas shows that alcohol is linked with violence associated with the night time economy and domestic violence.

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Alcohol Expectancies and Intoxicated Aggression

Quigley, B.M. and Leonard, K E. (2006)) [abstract]

A review of the literature focusing on the role of alcohol in aggressive behaviour in relation to both the physical and physiological effects of drinking and drinking culture.

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The Role of Coping and Problem Drinking in Men’s Abuse of Female Partners: test of a path model

Snow, D. et al. (2006)

This article examines the relationship of coping and problem drinking to men's abusive behaviour towards female partners. Results of the research study are discussed in terms of their contribution to the identification of risk and protective factors for men's violent behaviour toward intimate female partners and implications for developing intervention strategies.

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Domestic Violence and Substance Use: tackling complexity

Humphreys, C. et al. (2005)) [abstract]

This article provides an overview of the literature on substance use and domestic violence, highlighting the problems with the separation of both practice and policy in these areas. This includes research on the more substantial literature on perpetrators of domestic violence and patterns of substance use. The problems of a simplistic analysis which suggest that there is a causal link between substance use and domestic violence are highlighted. Using data from an ongoing research project, the sources of the continuing and dysfunctional separation of work in these areas are explored.

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