Domestic Violence Perpetrators - Evidence informed responses

John Devaney, Anne Lazenbatt

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6 Citations (Scopus)


Domestic violence is a serious, widespread public, social and health problem that affects the lives of many women, children and men. There is also evidence to suggest it has one of the highest rates of recidivism. This comprehensive book provides an overview of what the research tells us about the perpetrators of domestic violence and what works, and what doesn’t, in promoting positive change.

Collecting together the most up-to-date evidence from the international literature and bringing psychological, sociological, gendered and socio-political theoretical perspectives to bear on the issue, the book explores:
- what domestic violence is, why it happens and how it can be measured
- who the perpetrators of domestic violence are, including discussion of non-stereotypical patterns such as male victims, female perpetrators, couples where the abuse is mutual, and couples with abusive relationships who want the abuse to end but the relationship to be sustained
- strategies for engaging perpetrators in interventions and for promoting behaviour change
- evidence-informed interventions, programmes and policies for working with perpetrators
- where robust evidence is lacking and more research needs to be undertaken.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)9781315781082
ISBN (Print)9781138016262
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Social Work


  • Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Perpetrators
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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