Description: This study uses a naturalistic comparative design that includes batterer programs of varying length and services in four cities. Two hundred batterers were recruited and tested for psychological problems and alcohol abuse at each of the four sites (n=840). These men and their female partners are interviewed by phone every 3 months for a fifteen month follow-up to determine the reassault rate, the influence of background variables such as alcohol abuse on outcome, and the role of additional intervention, supports, and assistance in reducing assault.

Goal: to assess the effectiveness of court-mandated batterer programs in reducing domestic violence and injury to women.

Principal Investigator: Edward Gondolf

Source of funding: Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. DHHS, via IUP
Type of Study: Evaluation Research
Effort: 40%
Contract length: 3 years
Period: October 1994 to October 1997
Total Requested: $960,000 (includes 3 co-investigators with benefits, clerical and graduate assistants, travel expenses, and administration costs)