Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 325–335 | Cite as

Development and Predictive Ability of a Behavior-Based Typology of Men Who Batter

  • Charlie Stoops
  • Larry Bennett
  • Neil Vincent
Original Article


This study explores the existence and predictive ability of a behavior-based typology of men who were adjudicated for a domestic violence crime in an urban criminal justice system. Data from 671 men who completed a 2-hour biopsychosocial assessment were analyzed using cluster analysis. Findings indicate a typology of low level criminality (25.6%), dysphoric volatile behavior (42.2%), and dysphoric general violence (32.2%) similar to previous typologies, but with some unique characteristics. The behavior-based typology predicted both program completion and subsequent rearrest. This study provides preliminary support for the development of typological assessment in criminal justice and BIP settings for early identification of men who may need additional interventions.


Typology Domestic violence Batterers Assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkDominican UniversityRiver ForestUSA
  2. 2.Jane Addams College of Social WorkUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Master of Social Work ProgramDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

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