Applying the Good Lives Model to male perpetrators of domestic violence

Robyn L. Langlands, Tony Ward, Elizabeth Gilchrist

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Domestic violence is a pervasive social problem that has devastating emotional, physical, psychological, and financial costs for individuals, families, and communities. Despite the widespread use of current intervention programmes, recent reviews have demonstrated that these have only a small impact on the reduction of recidivism. In this article, we briefly summarise the features identified in the literature that distinguish domestically violent men from those who do not engage in such behaviours. We then explore the most common interventions used to treat domestic violence offenders and discuss the limitations of these interventions, before outlining the assumptions of the Good Lives Model (GLM), a strengthbased approach to the treatment of offenders. We discuss the advantages of using the GLM compared to existing approaches and finally, we consider future directions for the use of the GLM in domestic violence interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-129
Number of pages17
JournalBehaviour Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • male perpetrators
  • psychology
  • domestic violence


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