Considering ‘Treatment’ and Gender in Programmes for Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrators

Marianne Hester, Chris Newman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


This chapter explores the notion of ’treatment’ in relation to programmes for men who are violent to their female partners, and the tensions this exposes with regard to gendering of violence. Although traditionally used within the medical field to refer to remedies to improve the health of patients suffering disease or injury, the word ‘treatment’ has increasingly been used to describe how we deal with and intervene in social problems. While originating from, and largely situated within, a generally ‘corrective’ crime related framework, perpetrator programmes at the same time exemplify the shift towards more medicalised and individualised models of crime and social control, as documented by, for instance, Zola (1972), Foucault (1979) or Garland (1990). In some ways these shifts toward more individualised notions are also reflected in parallel discussions regarding masculinities and IPV. The chapter looks at the development and location of perpetrator programmes in these shifting discourses, raising questions about the ‘theory of change’ underpinning such programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMen, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence
EditorsLucas Gottzen, Margunn Bjornholt, Floretta Boonzaier
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 9780429280054
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-23489-8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Gender and Society
ISSN (Print)367234898
ISSN (Electronic)429280054

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research


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