The “care package,” prison domestic violence programs and recidivism: a quasi-experimental study

Badi Hasisi*, Efrat Shoham, David Weisburd, Noam Haviv, Anat Zelig

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Objectives: Although there are many evaluations of domestic violence rehabilitation programs, it is still unclear “what works” in this field, especially when it comes to programs within prison walls. Today, most studies indicate that domestic violence programs based on cognitive behavioral treatment, or psycho-educational models show small positive results. Yet, there is still insufficient empirical literature providing adequate evidence for the impact of integrative treatment, where different methods and approaches toward domestic violence prisoners are employed within the same rehabilitation-program framework while incarcerated. Our study examined the effects of an integrative domestic violence program with a therapeutic “package” implemented in Israel with the goal of reducing recidivism rates among prisoners in general, and especially with regard to violent offenses. Methods: Using propensity score matching methods, we compared treated offenders to a matched sample drawn from all convicted prisoners who were released from prison between 2004 and 2012. Results: The findings indicate that the percentages of reincarceration and rearrests of inmates, who participated in integrative domestic violence program, were significantly lower during a period of up to 4 years after release. Conclusions: Our conclusion is that the integrative effect of different treatments along with a supportive prison climate increased the success of inmates who participated in the domestic violence program.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)563-586
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Experimental Criminology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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  • Integrative treatment
  • Prison domestic violence programs
  • Recidivism


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