Desistance from intimate partner violence: A conceptual model and framework for practitioners for managing the process of change

Kate Walker, Erica Bowen, Sarah J. Brown, Emma Sleath

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    Abstract

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an international issue that social and criminal justice workers will encounter regularly. It has been identified that men can, and do stop using, or desist from, IPV although it is unclear how this process of change develops. This article introduces a conceptual model to outline how the process of desistance evolves and what it encompasses. Using thematic analysis of interview data from partner-violent men, survivors, and treatment facilitators, the resulting model demonstrates that the process of change is a dynamic one where men’s use of, and cessation from, violence needs to be understood within the context of each individual’s life. Three global themes were developed: (a) lifestyle behaviors (violent): what is happening in the men’s lives when they use violence; (b) catalysts for change: the triggers and transitions required to initiate the process of change; and (c) lifestyle behaviors (non-violent): what is different in the men’s lives when they have desisted from IPV. The purpose of this model is to offer a framework for service providers to assist them to manage the process of change in partner-violent men.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2726-2750
    JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
    Volume30
    Issue number15
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Keywords

    • intimate partner violence
    • desistance
    • process of change
    • treatment and intervention
    • practical model

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