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Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness

This report investigates how women’s quality of life (QOL) as a victim-centred and victim-reported outcome measure could be used in the evaluation of effectiveness of male perpetrator interventions (MPIs).

The purpose of this study was to inform the development of a QOL intimate partner violence intervention outcome measure for application in evaluations of MPIs.

The study involved interviews with 100 women, 71 of whom had a partner who had participated in a male perpetrator intervention. The remaining women believed that their partner had not attended despite being referred, or they were no longer in contact with their former partner and did not know whether he had attended.

Through the study, women expressed their QOL as relating to autonomy, informal supports (family and friends), emotional health, safety (physical and psychological), and children and pets. Fear permeated all QOL assessments.

The report includes recommendations for policy and practice.

 

 

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This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. ANROWS Research reports (Horizons) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.


Author

DR HELEN McLAREN
College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University

DR JANE FISCHER
College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University

DR LANA ZANNETTINO
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University


ISBN: 978-1-925925-17-3 (print) | 978-1-925925-18-0 (online)

94 pp.

 

 

Suggested citation

McLaren, H., Fischer, J., & Zannettino, L. (2020). Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness (Research report, 05/2020). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS

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