Domestic Violence: A Comparison of Victims' and Perpetrators' Perceptions
In order to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of the Men Exploring Non-Violent Exploring Solutions (MENS) program, an initial perception of the frequency of violence in the relationship needs to be established with input from both female victims and male perpetrators. The purpose of this study was to examine the differences that occur about the frequency, degree, and magnitude of domestic violence in the lives of MENS program participants and their partners. The Abuse Behavior Inventory is a 30 item instrument that uses a five point Likert-scale to measure the frequency of abusive behaviors. This scale incorporates both psychological and physical abuse that can be responded to by both perpetrator and victim. 44 male participants of the MENS program and their partners completed this instrument.
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