A Systematic Review of Research on Court-Mandated Interventions for Individuals Convicted of Domestic Violence

Lynette Feder, Portland State University
David B. Wilson, George Mason University
Kimber Kerlinger, Portland State University

As more communities are called upon to develop coordinated responses to the problem of domestic violence we will most likely see a continued increase in the number of court-mandated interventions. Understanding these programs' effectiveness in reducing future violence, therefore, becomes increasingly important. Towards those ends, this study undertook a systematic review of all experimental or quasi-experimental research assessing the effects of post-arrest court-mandated interventions (including pre-trial diversion programs) for domestic violence offenders that targeted, in part or exclusively, batterers with the aim of reducing their future likelihood of re-assaulting. Studies had to use random assignment to a true no-treatment control group or a program intervention with a follow-up period of at least six months post-intervention using one or more objective outcome measures on repeat violence. Twenty-one databases, including published and non-published studies in and outside of the U.S., were searched. Results of the meta-analysis are discussed.

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