Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Among Participants in a Legislatively Mandated Domestic Violence Program

Christopher Hebert, San Jose State University
Yoko Baba, San Jose State University
Linda Allivato, San Jose State University

In this paper we present background characteristics of and attitudinal changes exhibited by participants in two Santa Clara County (California) domestic violence programs. All of the participants had been convicted of a domestic violence offense and participation in the 52 week program is legislatively mandated as part of the rehabilitative process. Background characteristics presented include employment history, living arrangements/familied status, substance use, criminal history, self-reported violent or controlling behavior, and exposure to family violence during childhood and adolescence. Identical pre- and post program participation questionnaires were administered to the participants. The instrument was designed to measure agreement or disagreement with statements about women in general (for example, "Women often do things behind a man's back") and the participant's partner in specific ("I control the time and place we have sex"). Paired-sample t-tests are used to assess the effect of the program on the participants.

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