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Violence Against Women. 2008 Feb;14(2):136-57. doi: 10.1177/1077801207312396.

A longitudinal study of arrested batterers, 1995-2005: career criminals.

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Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

An examination of the abuse and criminal careers of 342 men arraigned in the Quincy, Massachusetts, District Court for a crime of domestic violence between 1995 and 1996 through 2004 reveals decade-long criminal and abuse careers largely undeterred by arrest, prosecution, probation supervision, incarceration, and batterer treatment. Although only a minority reabused (32%) or were arrested for any crime (43%) within a year of the study court arraignment, over the next decade, the majority (60%) reabused, and almost three fourths were rearrested for a domestic abuse or non-domestic abuse crime. The research suggests that short-term cessation of domestic violence achieved after a variety of interventions may not indicate longer-term behavior change.

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18212338
DOI:
10.1177/1077801207312396
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