THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS FOR VIOLENCE: WHERE DO WE STAND?
Howells, K., University of South Australia, Australia
Violent behaviour and violent offending are a cause for significant social concern in many societies. Within criminal justice systems psychological interventions are commonly implemented, with the aim of reducing levels of violence and preventing recidivism. In this talk I will review the evidence relating to the effectiveness of such programs. I will focus on one of the most frequent interventions - anger management. I will also report on a large outcome study of anger management with violent offenders conducted in Australia. The talk will conclude with recommendations as to how program effectiveness can be improved.