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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559


CARBAJOSA, Pablo  and  BOIRA, Santiago. Current status and future challenges of programs for men convicted of gender violence in Spain. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2013, vol.22, n.2, pp.145-152. ISSN 2173-4712.

Programmes involving men convicted of intimate partner violence are subject to a wide range of discussions these days. There are numerous international debates regarding programmes aimed at men convicted of intimate partner violence. Some of the most controversial issues are: a) intervention approaches, b) the possibility of performing specific treatments according to the offender's characteristics, or c) the need to take account of external factors such as institutional coordination or the specifics of the therapeutical process (context, therapeutical alliance, motivation of the convict, and the therapist). The aim of this article is to review the main themes that are the focus of this international debate and weigh their impact on the research and the principal programmes that exist in Spain for men convicted of gender violence. The conclusions show that research in Spain is gradually incorporating the topics identified internationally such as the efficacy of programmes in different contexts, the existence of typologies, motivational aspects, analysis of dropouts, risk factors, cultural aspects, or offenders' addictions problems. Nevertheless, it appears necessary to more closely align the programmes with the characteristics of the aggressor.

Keywords : Intimate partner violence; Batterer programs; Motivation; Typologies.

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