Results of the Jyväskylä research project on couple therapy for intimate partner violence : topics and strategies in successful therapy processes
Vall, B., Päivinen, H., & Holma, J. (2018). Results of the Jyväskylä research project on couple therapy for intimate partner violence : topics and strategies in successful therapy processes. Journal of Family Therapy, 40 (1), 63-82. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12170
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© 2017 The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. This is a final draft version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published by Wiley. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.
Despite controversy over the indications of couple therapy for IPV, current research has indicated some benefits. This article examines some crucial aspects when dealing with couple therapy for IPV, such as how dominance and power abuse are present, and which important issues should be taken into account during the therapeutic process and be brought up in therapeutic conversations. It also proposes strategies for therapists conducting couple therapy for IPV. Ten studies conducted within the Jyväskylä research project on couple therapy for IPV were reviewed. Findings highlighted the importance of the therapists’ awareness of the presence of violence, dominance and power during the sessions, and of how cultural issues could prevent their recognition. Responsibility and couple agreement on the violent behaviour seemed especially relevant at the beginning of the treatment. Potentially useful therapeutic strategies are directedness, use of reflective dialogue, and continuous assessment.