FINDINGS(part 8)


Forty-five subjects completed the assessment process. 46% of the subjects who completed the assessment completed a domestic abuse/anger management program. 42% of the subjects sought anger management treatment elsewhere and it is unknown whether or not they completed an anger management program. 11% failed to complete the treatment program. In cases where the physical abuser was involved romantically with someone other than the victim, both the victim and current partner were interviewed.

All of the victims were interviewed as part of the subject’s assessment. Of those, 33% continued to receive therapeutic and supportive services beyond the one assessment visit. The vast majority of subjects continued to be assessed and/or treated suggesting that requiring the victim and/or their current partner to be interviewed is not a significant deterrent for abuser’s competing a court-ordered domestic abuse/anger management assessment and subsequent treatment. Further, having the victim and current partner participate in an interview not only produced a more thorough and accurate risk assessment of the abuser but also resulted in many more victims seeking further professional services.

Eleven percent of the victims provided the same or very similar version of the offense as the subject described. However, eighty-nine percent of the victim’s statements contradicted or were significantly different than the physical abuser’s version of the offense or related abuse history. The additional information provided by the victims included prior abusive incidents in addition to what the subject stated, information about the subject’s use of pornography, prior criminal history, and information suggesting the subject had a more serious substance abuse problem than otherwise would have been known. Many of the victims reported ongoing and continued verbal, physical and sexual abuse that likely would not have been known without interviewing the victims.

Interviewing the victim and current partner of the abuser provides additional information about the offender’s history that might not otherwise be known. Given the number of victims and partners that were interviewed suggests that they are far more amenable to participate than once thought and the victims provided important relevant information about the physical abuser. The abuser may be better and more accurately assessed for risk and problem identification as a result of information obtained from the victim and current and prior partner. Further, the majority of subjects initially adamantly refused to have their victim and/or partners involved in the assessment process. However, once it was made clear that the assessment could not be completed without the victim and/or partner’s participation almost all complied. The remainder went elsewhere for services or had their probation violated for failure to comply.

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