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53 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (2014)

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Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 53:1-18, 2014         1  Routledge
Copyright @ Taylor & Francis Group, LLC                      Taylor&Francis Group
ISSN: 1050-9674 print/1540-8558 online
DOI: 10.1080/10509674.2013.861316



     Outcomes From a Duluth Model Batterer
        Intervention Program at Completion
                 and Long Term Follow-Up


                         KATHARINE HERMAN
                   University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
                          ROBERT ROTUNDA
                 University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA
                          GAIL  WILLIAMSON
                  State Attorney's Office, Pensacola, Florida, USA
                       STEPHEN VODANOVICH
                 University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA


     This study examined  changes in the beliefs and behaviors of 156
     offenders who participated in a Duluth model  batterer interven-
     tion program.  Sixty-seven percent of the participants completed
     both baseline and post  intervention assessments of verbal, emo-
     tional, and physical aggression. Archivalfollow-up data, acquired
     approximately  9 years  after completion of the program,  were
     obtained from public records and were used to compare recidivism
     among  program  completers and noncompleters. Program  comple-
     tion was not associated with decreased levels of recidivism, which
     was defined as any violent crime. The results revealed that over one
     third of the participants from this batterer intervention program
     eventually reoffended. This finding is consistent with most exist-
     ing research in this area, and suggests the need for more effective
     and  coordinated individual, group, and  community-wide   inter-
     ventions as well as more randomized   controlled trials. Batterers
     who  completed the 24-week program, howeve  did report decreases
     in physical and  verbal aggression at the postassessment period.


     Portions of the present study were presented at the annual meeting of the 2008 and 2009
Southeastern Psychological Association.
    Address correspondence to Robert Rotunda, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University
of West Florida, 11000 University Drive, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA. E-mail: rrounda@uwf.edu


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