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dc.contributor.advisorHodge, Jessica P., advisoreng
dc.contributor.authorHarrah, Bryana Marieeng
dc.date.issued2012-04-25eng
dc.date.submitted2012 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed on April 25, 2012eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Jessica Hodgeeng
dc.descriptionVitaeng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographic references (p. 121-124)eng
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.)--Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012eng
dc.description.abstractDomestic violence intervention was created to essentially to stop intimate partner violence through cognitive behavioral therapy. One of the programs that has been at the forefront of domestic violence prevention is the Duluth Model. The purpose of this study was to examine the perspectives of court-ordered domestic violence offenders while they were attending a domestic violence intervention program at a Midwestern privately-owned probation agency. Additionally, the administrators of the program were interviewed to gain insight into the facilitation of the Duluth Model. A semi-structured interview was used to gather the participants' perceptions of the program. This approach revealed candid viewpoints on the strengths and weaknesses of the program, curriculum, and the probation agency. Offender participants believed that the facilitators were generally effective, although at times they failed to control the class discussions. Administrator participants viewed the program as an effective tool for teaching non-violent behavior, but only if the offenders are willing to learn and engage in the course. Both offenders and administrators recognized that the business aspect of the privately-owned probation agency limited how resourceful the company could be to its clients. The data generally indicated that the program was helping the offenders change their behavior, but some of the interviews revealed otherwise. Although some offenders admitted they were wrong, and spoke about how they were actively using the lessons they learned from the Duluth Model, they still continued to justify their actions. This suggests that some offenders were not motivated to change which demonstrates the need to improve offender motivation in order to improve the effectiveness of the program. More specific strengths and weaknesses of the program are discussed, and policy implications are offered.eng
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Appendix A. Offender interview guide -- Appendix B. Administrator interview guide -- Appendix C. Administrator and offender consent forms -- Appendix D. Coding sheet -- Appendix E. Offender coding notes -- Appendix F. Administrator coding noteseng
dc.format.extentx, 125 pageseng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/14058eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityeng
dc.subject.lcshFamily violence -- Preventioneng
dc.subject.lcshFamily violence -- Treatmenteng
dc.subject.lcshCognitive therapyeng
dc.subject.otherThesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Criminal justice and criminologyeng
dc.titlePerceptions of program effectiveness: an evaluation of a domestic violence treatment programeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineCriminal Justice and Criminology (UMKC)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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