Logo Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport


Over dit overzicht

Het hier weergegeven materiaal heeft voornamelijk betrekking op feiten en cijfers uit (West-) Europa.

Domestic violence perpetrator programs in Europe


A survey of current practice and a systematic review of the state of evidence.

Most research on domestic violence perpetrator programs has been carried out in North America. It does not yet provide a clear picture on what works with these offenders and cannot be generalized to other cultural and legal systems.
In the october issue of externe link"International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology" two articles are published:

Survey of current practice domestic violence perpetrator programs

This article presents the results of a survey of 54 programs that were in place in 19 European countries that addressed the programs’ practice and effects. The survey captured data about program design, delivery, administration, infrastructure, and other features. Most programs applied cognitive-behavioral, profeminist, or psychodynamic treatment, or a combination of multiple treatment types. There was a wide disparity in approaches to handling domestic violence perpetrators, and a particular dearth of high-quality evaluation throughout the continent.

Hamilton, L., Koehler, J. A., & Lösel, F. A. (2013). Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programs in Europe, Part I: A survey of Current Practice. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57(10), 1189-1205. doi:10.1177/0306624X12469506

Systematic review of the state of evidence domestic violence perpetrator programs

this article presents the results of a systematic review of European evidence on the effectiveness of domestic violence perpetrator programs. After searching through 10,446 titles, we discovered only 12 studies that evaluated the effectiveness of a perpetrator program in some systematic manner. The studies applied treatment to a total of 1,586 domestic violence perpetrators, and the sample sizes ranged from 9 to 322. Although the evaluations showed various positive effects after treatment, methodological problems relating to the evaluation designs do not allow attribution of these findings to the programs.
Overall, the methodological quality of the evaluations is insufficient to derive firm conclusions and estimate an effect size. Accordingly, one cannot claim that one programmatic approach is superior to another. Evaluation of domestic violence perpetrator treatment in Europe must be improved and programs should become more tailored to the characteristics of the participants.

Akoensi, T. D., Koehler, J. A., Lösel, F., & Humphreys, D. K. (2013). Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programs in Europe, Part II: A Systematic Review of the State of Evidence. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57(10), 1206-1225. doi:10.1177/0306624X12468110