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Desisting from domestic abuse: Influences, Patterns and Processes in the Lives of Formerly Abusive Men

Citation
Morran D (2013) Desisting from domestic abuse: Influences, Patterns and Processes in the Lives of Formerly Abusive Men, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 52 (3), pp. 306-320.

Abstract
This article argues that domestic violence perpetrator programmes in the UK have paid insufficient attention to how perpetrators actually desist from abusive behaviour in the long term. It draws on evidence from a 2010 study which investigated how a sample of men accomplished desistance from abusive behaviour. It reveals that even men committed to desistance may require programmes to support them over a period of several years, and confirms that desistance is best understood as a process and not an outcome. The article concludes that these men's experiences underline the need for interventions to be substantially more desistance-focused than they are at present.

Keywords
domestic violence; domestic abuse; domestic violence perpetrator; perpetrator programmes; desistance; desistance-focused intervention; behaviour change

StatusPublished
AuthorsMorran David
Publication date07/2013
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for the Howard League
ISSN 0265-5527
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice: Volume 52, Issue 3

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