Psychology, Department of


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September 2006


Published in Aggression and Violent Behavior 11:5 (September–October 2006), pp. 425–440. Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. Used by permission. DOI:10.1016/j.avb.2005.12.002 Available online at


Although domestic violence is a significant societal problem, which continues to receive public and private sector attention, intervention and treatment programs have proven inconsistent in their success. This paper reviews the published literature on domestic violence treatment efficacy and post-treatment recidivism and explores the related factors. In addition, challenges in the assessment of domestic violence are briefly discussed. Finally, recent developments are discussed along with their potential benefits, and an appeal is made for the need to study domestic violence in the broader context of family violence.