Domestic Violence: Perpetrator Intervention

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I. Introduction & theoretical perspective

Domestic violence (DV) is a social problem that plagues the United States (US). Although both men and women experience abuse, each year, approximately five million women experience some form of intimate partner violence (IPV) (Griffin-Burke, Mahoney, Gielen, McDonnell, & O'Campo, 2009). Furthermore, IPV crosses all socioeconomic positions and is associated with factors such as, alcohol and drug dependence, mental health, and environmental stressors. The relationship between the individual and the environment, that is, how they mutually influence each other, determines an outcome (Green & McDermott, 2010). In other words, one can be a chief financial officer for a billion dollar company or a
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The perpetrator may “truly” believe that he is not equipped with the tools to survive in the world absent his partner. This holds true with respect to Bowlby’s theory of attachment, which suggests, the attached figure looks to a more secured figure to guide them through the perils of life, and, when the secure figure is no longer available the insecure figure suffers significantly in the social environment (Bacon & Richardson, 2001). By the victim of DV telling the insecure attached individual that she is ending the relationship, based on the theories of social cultural learning, self-concept, and attachment, the insecure attached figure might become extremely physically violent, thus demonstrating the learned behaviors that he learned as a child and possibly validating the inclination of a low self-concept.
Lastly, as mentioned above, cognitive behavioral therapy involves the restructuring and reframing of distorted thoughts with positive thoughts that are conducive to an individual’s well-being (Beck, 2011; Greene & Roberts, 2002; Cohen, Mannarino, Berliner, & Deblinger, 2000). Although there are many techniques to CBT such as, rehearsal, modeling, and coaching, CBT is useful for issues of anger management, social problem solving and social skills training. Drawing on the many techniques of CBT, this paper provides a logic model that details the intervention processes and evaluation plan with an ultimate goal of improving the quality of life
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