As the ADVIP founder and website administrator, I would like to welcome all of you to this wonderful new organization. Our mission statement can be found by clicking the ABOUT link. You can find our Advisory Board members in the BOARD section, and our current general membership list by clicking on the MEMBERSHIP link.
Because ADVIP is dedicated to evidence-based practice, we recommend strongly that you acquaint yourself with the articles and books in the RESEARCH pages. The lists of books and journal articles are not meant to be exhaustive, but they do include some of the most recent, relevant research on domestic violence intervention. They indicate is that while a fair amount of research has been amassed on the prevalence, dynamics, causes and consequences of intimate partner abuse in the United States, research from other countries is limited to investigations of prevalence rates. Furthermore, the state of research on the effectiveness of perpetrator programs in Europe is still in its infancy, and it is essentially nonexistent in the rest of the world. The most recent review by Eckhardt et al. found only a handful of rigorously-designed experimental studies in the United States.
Promising interventions include those based at least partly on Motivational Interviewing or other client-centered approaches, and interventions that include both partners. Conversely, there are indications that programs based on a Duluth-type of model, at least in the United States, do not substantially help to reduce rates of recidivism. But again, the research is scant and mostly inconclusive, and almost exclusively based on U.S. samples. Furthermore, very little of the empirical research, no matter how reliable, is reflected in the government standards regulating intervention programs, at least in the US.
Questions abound. Are gender-based programs more suitable outside of the Western world? In what cultural environment would couples or family therapy be contraindicated? Can sociological explanations coexist alongside psychological theories? Should treatment standards be the same for male and female offenders? Ought providers be required to be mental health professionals? How much training does a provider need before he or she can be trusted to facilitate perpetrator groups, and who should be entrusted to conduct such trainings? To what extent should government bodies be involved in regulating intervention programs?