Prevention Science

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 395–397 | Cite as

The Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence

  • Don G. DuttonEmail author

Interventions into intimate partner violence (IPV) that occur “after the fact” are notoriously unsuccessful (Dutton 2006). Arrest has a variable impact on recidivist assault (Sherman et al. (1992)) and has its best results on perpetrators who least need state intervention by virtue of having a “stake in conformity” (Garner and Maxwell 2000). “ No drop prosecution” generates an unwillingness of victims to reutilize the system (Hotaling and Buzawa 2003), generating an increase in spousal homicides in “no drop” states compared to other states (Iyengar 2007). “Duluth” style psychoeducational interventions have a record of treatment failure (Babcock et al. 2004; Feder and Wilson 2005), and developing promising psychological treatments have been hampered by the gender paradigm view that spouse assault is not a psychological problem (e.g., treating attachment issues (Clulow 2001), expanded treatment targets (Dutton 2008) or couples therapy (Stith and McCollum 2011)). The old expression...


Intimate Partner Violence Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Intimate Partner Abuse Negative Reciprocity Victim Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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