Date of Award

12-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Criminology

First Advisor

Jonathon A. Cooper, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Shannon Womer Phaneuf, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Bitna Kim, Ph.D.

Abstract

This thesis evaluates the 3R Domestic Violence Program (3RDVP), a domestic violence perpetrator treatment program for men, to determine its effectiveness at reducing domestic violence crime as well as non-domestic violence crime. The following theories were used: cognitive behavioral theory and socio-political theory, as well as the Social Change Model. There were five hypotheses for this thesis. Due to the small population size however, the fifth hypothesis was unable to be tested. In relation to hypotheses one, two, three, and four, the results did not fully support the hypotheses. While the results are mixed, it is suggested that the use of a cognitive behavioral-based treatment program is successful at teaching men how to recognize their anger triggers, and how to control their anger. Although the results in relation to cognitive behavioral theory varied, there was support for Angew's general strain theory, Hirschi's social bond theory, and the `aging out' phenomenon.

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