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Evaluating Spectrum - Assessment of an intervention for offenders of intimate partner violence

Niggemeier, Leona-Jopie (2022) Evaluating Spectrum - Assessment of an intervention for offenders of intimate partner violence.

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Abstract:This research analyses practitioners’ reflections on a structured intervention named Spectrum which has been piloted in England. Spectrum is targeted at male perpetrators having committed intimate partner violence in either heterosexual or homosexual relationships. The evaluation of Spectrum's benefits as well as any weaknesses or threats identified by practitioners should ensure that Spectrum is appropriate for broader rollout for further testing. For this purpose, a thematic analysis was conducted using six semi-structured interviews with practitioners from the areas where Spectrum was piloted. Spectrum is perceived by practitioners to have promoted willingness and ability to reflect and engage within service users. Participation in Spectrum taught service users skills that they can use in everyday life in addition to relationships. Further, Spectrum enabled the building and maintaining of a therapeutic alliance between practitioners and service users. Remote delivery of Spectrum via phone or video call has shown to give possibilities for practitioners to personalise Spectrum’s material and make it therefore more relevant for the individual service user. However, remote delivery also exhibits a lack of practitioner control over the service user's environment at the time of the Spectrum session, which made practitioners concerned there may be additional risks for the service user.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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