Domestic Violence Intervention Programs for Perpetrators in Latin America and the Caribbean

E.E.E. Santoveña, Teresa da Silva

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Research on intervention programs for domestic violence (DV) perpetrators in the United States and in Europe has started to shed light on these interventions and the challenges they face in determining “what works” in those regions. In Latin America, the research is almost nonexistent. This study presents a literature review of studies and program protocols in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the results of a continental survey on characteristics and suggested standards for DV perpetrator programs in this region. Findings indicate perpetrator interventions in this part of the world are in their earliest stages along with the remaining challenges these involve. Suggested standards in the areas of program effectiveness, evidence-based intake assessments, tailoring of programs to minority group’s needs, the conceptualization of DV, influential risk factors, and liaisons between academia and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-352
JournalPartner Abuse
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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Springer Publishing Company is publisher and copyright holder


This research was funded by PROMEP-SEP (Ministry of Education).
Project funding number: PRODEP (DSA/103.5/15/7004) in Mexico.


  • domestic violence
  • partner abuse interventions
  • perpetrator interventions
  • perpetrator
  • programs
  • program standards


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