Domestic Violence | Strength At Home: Veterans' Program (PTSD-Focused Therapy for Anger and Relationship Conflict Among OEF/OIF Veterans)

Domestic Violence research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

This is a research study funded by the Department of Defense to test a therapeutic intervention for male combat veterans who engage in intimate partner violence (IPV). The investigators hope to decrease the recurrence of relationship aggression and help veterans manage anger. The primary aim of the study is to test the intervention.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Any era veteran - Over the age of 18 - In a relationship within a female partner within the last 6 months - At least one act of male-to-female physical aggression over the previous 6 months or at least one act of male-to-female severe violence in the past 12 months - Male participant must consent for partner contact Exclusion Criteria: - Participant evidences severe organicity or active psychosis - Reading difficulties prevent valid completion of the assessment instruments - Participant expresses prominent suicidal or homicidal ideation - Participant meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol and/or drug dependence, if not in early full remission or sustained partial remission

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Domestic Violence

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:PTSD-Focused CBT for Partner ViolencePTSD-Focused CBT (PFCBT) will consist of 12 2-hour weekly sessions,led by two project therapists. In each session, group members will discuss materials and do assignments to practice skills.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

GroupPTSD-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Partner Violence

WaitlistControl group - no intervention

Study Status


Start Date: March 2009

Completed Date: September 2014

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Intimate partner aggression as measured by the conflict tactics scale

Secondary Outcome: Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder as assessed by the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Casey T. Taft, PhD

Lead Sponsor: Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.

Collaborator: United States Department of Defense

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