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Human Services


Richard Cicchetti


Domestic violence, specifically intimate partner violence (IPV), is a major social problem in the United States despite legislative efforts aimed at reducing it. The Duluth model, which is the preeminent domestic violence intervention model used in the United States, is a male-only group intervention based on feministic views that domestic violence stems from men's behaviors to assert power and control in relationships. While the model is widely emulated, its policies and practices are under scrutiny from researchers who question the program efficiency, pointing to high recidivism rates. Guided by feminist theory, the purpose of this generic qualitative study was to examine perceptions of 7 male and female program facilitators with various educational backgrounds, specifically toward the effectiveness of the anger management component of the Duluth model. Individual in-depth interviews were collected and inductively analyzed, revealing a lack of diversity related to various cultures and client base, limited scope of the model in addressing causes or contributors of battering, lack of coordinated community response, and limited use as an orientation tool at the beginning of counseling to discuss violent behaviors and behavior modification. These findings provide insight for positive social change by addressing facilitators' concerns and developing solutions to create positive social change at the individual and family level.