Intimate partner violence: Variations in perpetrators and treatment allocation
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SourceJournal of Interpersonal Violence, 35, 3-4, (2020), pp. 1012-1034
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Journal of Interpersonal Violence
SubjectInequality Cohesion Rationalization; Ongelijkheid Cohesie Rationalisatie
The division of batterers into subtypes is hardly ever used, neither to describe the type of perpetrator nor to indicate in the clinical decision-making process what treatment should be offered. In this study, a sample of male perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) who had been advised to seek treatment at a community-based Dutch forensic psychiatric facility (N = 110), either voluntarily or mandatorily, have been divided into four subtypes based on a model reported by Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart (1994). The four subtypes are Family-Only (FO), Borderline-Dysphoric (BD), Generally Violent Antisocial (GVA), and Low-Level Antisocial (LLA). The aim of the study was to identify the subtypes and to compare the different groups on descriptive dimensions and treatment allocation. In the first part of the study, aside from identifying the batterer subtypes, important differences between the subtypes were encountered in the nature of the violence (structural vs. incidental). The characteristics of the BD subtype were found to be similar to the model except for the psychopathological dimension. Differences in allocation of treatment types between batterer subtypes were not substantial raising questions about the correspondence between typological subtypes and the judgment of clinicians. These results do suggest that more attention should be paid to the heterogeneity of the batterer population, which could improve treatment and advance our understanding of IPV.
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