ABody-Mind Approach to Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment
Journalof Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma
Taylor and Francis
Conventional interventions with perpetrators of domestic violence are marginally effective. Given these results, researchers and practitioners are beginning to focus on identifying ways to improve domestic violence treatment outcomes. This article describes how a rural state-sponsored domestic violence offender program utilizes a treatment approach known as Mind-Body Bridging to help its clients overcome their abusive behaviors. Preliminary findings from an ongoing outcome study are also reported. According to these findings, the program has a high completion rate coupled with a low recidivism rate. Ninety-three percent (82 of 88) of the clients who have participated in this program completed the program, and just 7% (6 of 82) of those who completed the program reoffended during the follow-up period, which ranged from 9 to 27 months.
Tollefson, D. R., Webb, K., Shumway, D., Block, S.H., & Nakamura, Y. (2009). A Body-Mind Approach to Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 18, 17-45.