Evidence-based health and well-being for entire populations.

Domestic Violence

Journey to Change, Pro-Change’s domestic violence program is designed as an adjunct to traditional batterer treatment. The program aims to increase readiness to use a range of healthy strategies to stay violence-free. These strategies include:

  • Communicating with one’s partner clearly and respectfully
  • Managing Stress
  • Controlling anger
  • Not abusing drugs or alcohol

Unfortunately, the Journey to Change computerized tailored intervention and all supporting materials are not currently available.

If you are interested in the URICA-DV measure, please contact the measure’s developer, Dr. Deborah Levesque. Dr. Levesque is currently a Weitzman Institute Senior Research Scientist at the Community Health Center in Connecticut.

Effectiveness

In a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 492 male domestic violence offenders attending court-mandated batterer treatment were assigned to Usual Care (UC) or UC + Journey to Change. Participants receiving UC + Journey to Change were significantly more likely than UC to be in the Action stage at the end of treatment (52% vs. 26%, respectively), and to seek a range of services outside of group. Based on victim reports, the UC + Journey to Change group was significantly less likely than UC to engage in physical violence during the 12-month follow-up (22% vs. 40%, respectively). Both groups were equally likely to drop out of court-mandated treatment and to have further domestic violence-related police involvement. However, among participants with documented police involvement, the UC + Journey to Change group had lower rates of documented violence (48% vs. 35%) and physical injury (43% vs. 27%).

Related Publications

1.Levesque, D.A., Ciavatta, M.M., Castle, P.H., Prochaska, J.M., & Prochaska, J.O. (2012). Evaluation of a stage-based, computer-tailored adjunct to usual care for domestic violence offenders. Psychology of Violence, 2, 368–684.
2.Levesque, D.A., Driskell, M.M., Prochaska, J.M. & Prochaska, J.O. (2008). Acceptability of a stage-matched expert system intervention for domestic violence offenders. Violence and Victims, 23, 432-445.
3.Levesque, D.A., Gelles, R.J., & Velicer, W.F. (2000). Development and validation of a stages of change measure for men in batterer treatment. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24, 175-199.
4.Levesque, D.A., Velicer, W.F., Castle, P.H., & Greene, R.N. (2008). Resistance among domestic violence offenders: Measurement development and initial validation. Violence Against Women, 14, 158-184.