Women's Perceptions of the Impact of a Domestic Violence Treatment Program for Male Perpetrators

Karen S. Hayward, PhD, RN, SANE-A; Susan Steiner, PhD, RNC, FNP; Kathy Sproule, MS, RN, FNP-C


J Foren Nurs. 2007;3(2):77-83. 

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The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore the impact of an Idaho state-approved batterer intervention program for male perpetrators of domestic violence from the perspective of their female partners. Domestic violence is defined under Idaho State Statute 18-918 as an assault and/or battery of a household member; "a person who is a spouse, former spouse, or who has a child in common regardless of whether or not they have been married or have held themselves out to be husband and wife" (Idaho Statutes, 2006, p. 1).

The perceptions of the female victim are important to explore in relation to the treatment of perpetrators because many women choose to stay with their intimate partner for a variety of reasons including faith, money, shame, love, and familiarity, among others (Krishnan, Hilbert, & Van Leeuwen, 2001; Valente, 2002). Because women often live with their partners once they are released from treatment, it is critical to monitor effectiveness and make program changes as needed to support healthy relationships, promote safety, and reduce the risk of recidivism. There is limited qualitative research published in this area.


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