Assessment and evaluation of men who batter women

Reviews research on characteristics of batterers and encourages ethnically and culturally sensitive approaches to assessment that are to plan effective interventions. Includes considerations regarding assessments for substance abuse, homicide, and more.

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Assessment and evaluation of men who batter women by Linda M. Peterman and Charlotte G. Dixon, Journal of Rehabilitation (October-December 2001)

Reviews research on characteristics of batterers and encourages ethnically and culturally sensitive approaches to assessment that are to plan effective interventions. Includes considerations regarding assessments for substance abuse, homicide, and more.

"An assessment for batterers should include a comprehensive review of past and present violent and criminal behavior, medical history, relationship and other psychosocial issues, psychopathology, substance use, and homicidal and suicidal tendencies. The assessment should also be cognizant of specific cultural and societal attitudes. In addition, confidentiality, safety, privacy, and voluntary participation is necessary when victims are included in the assessment (Gondolf, 1996). Assessment should be viewed as a continuous process throughout treatment and assessment strategies should be constantly reviewed and modified to accommodate unique circumstances."

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