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Journal of Family Violence

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2013: 0.657
2012: 0.940

Journal of family violence


Interdisciplinary coverage of all forms of family violence
First volume 1986

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How Can We End the Stigma Surrounding Domestic and Sexual Violence? A Modified Delphi Study with National Advocacy Leaders

Authors: Christine Murray, Allison Crowe, Whitney Akers
The purpose of this study was to use a modified Delphi methodology study to identify priority ac-tions that can be taken at the individual, local, and national levels to eliminate the stigma surround-ing domestic and sexual violence. An expert panel of national organizational leaders provided input about the nature of the stigma surrounding domestic and sexual violence, as well as strategies to end this stigma. The findings were organized into three themes: (a) the social context of the stigma surrounding domestic and sexual violence; (b) the impact of the stigma on resources for victims and survivors; and (c) strategies for eradicating the stigma surrounding domestic and sexual violence. Implications of the study’s findings for research, practice, and advocacy are discussed.
Source: externe linkApril 2016, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 271-287

Implicit Theories in Intimate Partner Violence Sex Offenders: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Authors: Sarah Weldon
An increased understanding of the cognitive characteristics of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Sex Offenders would have implications for clinical intervention and risk assessment in this distinctive offending behaviour group. The improved understanding of cognitions in violent offenders, sex offenders, and IPV offenders has led to the development and implementation of specific offender behaviour programmes taking these cognitive characteristics into account. Recently, empirical in-vestigations have focussed on qualitative exploration of cognition to propose implicit theories (ITs), that is distinct sets of schemas that offenders hold in relation to themselves, the world, and others. The current paper utilises Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore cognition in 11 Inti-mate Partner Sex Offenders. Five superordinate and 14 subthemes were identified, which are rep-resentative of Implicit Theories present in this specific offender group. These ITs are discussed in relation to other offending behaviour groups in addition to their clinical implications in the devel-opment of effective interventions and risk assessment tools.
Source: externe linkApril 2016, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 289-302