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‘Time out’ : a strategy for reducing men’s violence against women in relationships?

Wistow, R. and Kelly, L. and Westmarland, N. (2017) '‘Time out’ : a strategy for reducing men’s violence against women in relationships?', Violence against women., 23 (6). pp. 730-748.

Abstract

This article critically explores accounts of how men attending domestic violence perpetrator programs (DVPP) used the “time out” strategy. Findings are drawn from 71 semi-structured interviews with 44 men attending DVPPs and 27 female partners or ex-partners of men in DVPPs. We describe three ways in which the technique was used: first, as intended, to interrupt potential physical violence; second, through the effective adaption of the time-out rules by victim-survivors; and finally, misappropriation by some men to continue and extend their controlling behaviors. Policy and practice lessons are drawn from the findings through connecting broader and deeper measurements of what success means when working with domestic violence perpetrators to the ways in which the time-out technique was used.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801216647944
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:01 February 2016
Date of first online publication:17 May 2016
Date first made open access:18 May 2016

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