Domestic Violence | Partner Violence and Anger Management

Domestic Violence research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of the Brøset anger management model in reducing violent behavior amongst clients who are violent in intimate partnerships and who voluntarily seek help. Violence in intimate partnerships constitutes a serious problem worldwide and there is reason to believe that cognitive behavior therapy has some effect on the reduction of violent behavior. However, there are currently too few randomized controlled studies to conclude about the effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy for this client group.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - fluent in Norwegian language - is in a partner relationship at inclusion. Partner relationship is defined by having an intimate partner at present, or being in regular contact with a former intimate partner so that violence is possible (e.g. they have children) - admits being violent to his partner (physical, mental and/or sexual) Exclusion Criteria: - psychosis - alcohol- or drug addiction to a level that hinders group participation free from intoxication.

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

Domestic Violence

Spouse Abuse

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:The Brøset anger management modelmanualised structured cognitive treatment program 15 weeks (30 hours)

Behavioral:Ordinary group treatmentgroup treatment 8 weeks (16 hours)

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.

The Brøset anger management modelGroup treatment

ordinary group treatmentGroup treatment

Study Status


Start Date: July 2012

Completed Date: May 4, 2018

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: violent behaviour, reported by partner and client

Secondary Outcome: The client's and their partner's mental health

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Tom Palmstierna, MD PhD prof

Lead Sponsor: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Collaborator: St. Olavs Hospital

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