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Making Distinctions Among Different Types of Intimate Partner Violence: A Preliminary Guide

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Rachel Derrington, M.S.W.; Michael Johnson, Ph.D.; Anne Menard, B.A.; Theodore Ooms, M.S.W.; Scott Stanley, Ph.D.
Date Published
April 2010
34 pages
This guide summarizes presentations and work group discussions from the conference entitled "Toward a Common Understanding: Domestic Violence Typologies and Implications for Healthy Marriage and Domestic Violence Programs" (May 2009), followed by some conclusions and recommendations.
Part 1, "Research Perspectives" reviews the best known "typologies" of couple violence and male batterers; gaps in the research are discussed. Part 2, "Practitioners' Perspectives," opens with a discussion of the key elements involved in creating collaborative partnerships between professionals in the fields of marriage and relationship education (MRE) and domestic violence (DV) at State and local levels. This is followed by a summary of the processes and tools MRE programs use to address DV concerns and promote safety throughout their activities. Part 2 also identifies the dilemmas and questions MRE programs have experienced in discussions of DV, some of which arise due to different types of IPV. Part 3, "Guidelines for MRE Programs," describes key differences among MRE programs and identifies core IPV strategies and tools that all MRE programs should use, as well as those that depend on how well program staff knows their participants. Part 4, "Conclusions and Recommendations," begins with a discussion of key elements involved in creating collaborative partnerships between MRE and DV professionals at the State and local levels. This is followed by a summary of the conclusions and recommendations of conference participants about how to respond to different types of IPV and what additional knowledge is needed. 24 references; a listing of organizational resources; and appended list of conference participants, sample handout for MRE programs, and a sample poster for display in ladies rooms with a list of questions designed to expose whether violence is occurring in an intimate relationship