Completed in 2009

Project Director: Pamela Alexander, Ph.D.
Funder: The National Institute of Justice

This project looks at the impact of stages of change on both male batterers and their female partners. Based on partner reports, the results of this latter study suggested that men who were randomly assigned to the SOCMI treatment format were significantly less likely to be physically aggressive toward their partners at follow-up (Alexander, Morris, Tracy, & Frye—Violence and Victims, in press).  However, the success of batterer treatment was also related to the man’s initial readiness to change.  Namely, the SOCMI format worked particularly well for men who were less ready to change while the standard treatment format worked better for men who were more ready to change. We also examined the impact of female partners’ views of the violence (Alexander, Tracy, Radek, & Koverola—Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2009).

In conjunction with this project, Allison Tracy has developed a statistical model that is designed to track individuals’ progression along a change process.