Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 91–100 | Cite as

Short Term Change in Attitude and Motivating Factors to Change Abusive Behavior of Male Batterers after Participating in a Group Intervention Program Based on the Pro-Feminist and Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

  • Michele Cranwell Schmidt
  • Jane M. Kolodinsky
  • Gwyneth Carsten
  • Frederick E. Schmidt
  • Mark Larson
  • Cate MacLachlan
Original Article


The Domestic Abuse Education Project (DAEP), in Burlington, Middlebury, and St. Albans, Vermont, is a group based domestic abuse intervention program, based in a pro-feminist and cognitive-behavioral approach for domestic violence intervention and prevention. A pre and post-test instrument was developed and implemented to determine short-term change in attitude of participants and motivating factors to change behavior, after completing the twenty-seven session program. After the program, participants reported a positive change in attitudes regarding their abusive behavior and stereotypical beliefs about women. Participants were also more motivated to change their behavior by the effect abuse has on their family relationships. However, many participants continued to agree that insecurity, jealousy, and alcohol and drug use can cause violence. The positive changes in attitude and motivational factors show that this is an effective model in changing underlying batterer attitudes that provide rationale for abusive behavior.


Attitude Domestic violence Cognitive-behavioral Batterer intervention Group intervention 



The authors would like to acknowledge the KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County, Vermont for funding this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Cranwell Schmidt
    • 1
  • Jane M. Kolodinsky
    • 1
  • Gwyneth Carsten
    • 1
  • Frederick E. Schmidt
    • 1
  • Mark Larson
    • 2
  • Cate MacLachlan
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Rural StudiesUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Domestic Abuse Education ProjectSpectrum Youth and Family ServicesBurlingtonUSA

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