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This is a useful approach for persons with chronic feelings of anger which is out of control. The treatment focuses on short term techniques to help modify their reactions, (thoughts and behaviours) to this anger.

Domestic Perpetrators are far from out of control and in fact are in control and controlling. They are selective about to whom they behave violently. Most choose not to strike their bosses, coworkers neighbours, friends or strangers when they “Get Angry” In fact many perpetrators do not act from anger at all They have faultily learned to label all powerful negative emotions as anger rather than recognizing these as hurt, fear, powerlessness and betrayal

TO DO- PRIOR TO BEGINNING TREATMENT

1] Arrange support and therapy for the victimized partner in a separate treatment programme

2] If the perpetrator has substance or alcohol misuse issues refer for management to appropriate facility

3] Address violence reporting issues with both perpetrator and victim Assure that victim has safety and escape plan fully detailed should this be necessary

TREATMENT PLAN - THEORY AND EXECUTION

1] Closed group therapy on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy lines. The group members are recruited and stay in the programme until completion No new members are allowed in during the course of treatment

2] Group work focuses on thoughts-feeling-behaviour dynamic interplay and interaction

3] Aim to unlearn abusive behaviours and replace with appropriate behavioural repertoire

TREATMENT PLAN- STEPS

1] Identifying “What is” abusive behaviour in all its forms, the motivations or “why do I do it” and the emotional or “how do I feel” aspect of this behaviour. There is often denial and ignorance of the nature of Domestic Violence to overcome. Rigid values and attitudes have to be challenged also.

2] Taking control and making choices Owning the abusive behaviour and control of same Involves taking responsibility and avoiding blaming others for behaviour by using “I” statements such as “You were late home from work and I was worried and thought you had an accident” rather than “You were late home from work and made me mad because I was fretting” This step is used to recognize and eliminate the denial and minimizing of abusive behaviour such as “ I just gave her a tap” or “I missed and knocked her”

3] Understanding impact of past abusive behaviour on the partner and children and the warning signs of becoming abusive. Helps with understanding of partner’s

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