Impact of a court-referred psychological treatment program for intimate partner batterer men with suspended sentences

Javier Fernández-Montalvo
Jose A. Echauri
Maria Martinez
Juana M. Azcarate
Jose J. Lopez-Goñi

Violence and Victims, Volume 30, Number 1, 2015

In this article, the impact of a court-mandated psychological treatment program for menwho had committed an offense of intimate partner violence is tested. The sample consistedof 235 men who received a suspended sentence after being charged and sentenced foran offense in relation to intimate partner violence. The success rate in the posttreatmentperiod was 37.4%, and the improvement rate was 48.1%. Therefore, in 85.5% of cases,the treatment program was effective. Results after 12 months of follow-up were almostidentical. Moreover, there was a significant decrease in associated psychopathologicalsymptoms. Regarding prediction of therapeutic results, batterers who were older, who hadmore distorted thoughts about violence, and who had not been victims of childhood abusewere at a significantly greater risk of treatment failure.