Couples Counseling to End Intimate Partner Violence

  • Sandra M. StithEmail author
  • Chelsea M. Spencer
Living reference work entry


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious issue plaguing couples around the world. Numerous batterer intervention programs have been developed and empirically tested. Fewer treatment models have been empirically tested to work with couples who choose to stay together after violence. The concept of conjoint treatment of couples after they have experienced any type of IPV remains controversial. This chapter addresses the history of couples counseling to end IPV, including prevalence and risk markers for IPV and the controversy surrounding this type of treatment. The chapter also provides an overview of current models of treatment and highlights the importance of clear assessment, intervention, and treatment methods that are currently being used to safely treat couples who have experienced IPV but remain committed to their relationship.


Couples counseling Intimate partner violence Systemic treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Studies and Human ServicesKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Glenna Tinney
    • 1
  • Shelly M. Wagers
    • 2
  • Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
    • 3
  1. 1.ConsultantAlexandriaUSA
  2. 2.College of Arts and Sciences - Society, Culture, and LanguageUniversity of South Florida - St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South AlabamaMobileUSA

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