Addressing Intimate Partner Violence: Evaluating Interventions with Male Perpetrators vs Female Victims

Research project
Active research
Project period
2019 - 2023
Project owner
Multiple universities including the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg

Adlerbert Foundation, Innovations for Poverty Actions

Short description

Our objective is to investigate whether and how a training program targeting male perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) influences recidivism and the mental health and productivity of men. While improvements in earnings or outside options of women may tame men into lower violence, they may instead generate male backlash by priming male identity. Observational studies suggest that proximate causes of IPV perpetration include stress, jealousy, and controlling behaviour. Our hypothesis is that these tendencies can be modified through training in mindfulness or CBT or through creating social networks for men, but there is no evidence in this area. We are therefore conducting in the state of Ceara, Brazil, a randomized control trial with 480 male IPV perpetrators, half assigned to an intervention.

Sonia Bhalotra, Professor, University of Essex, United Kingdom

José Raimundo Carvalho, Professor, Federal University of Ceará, Brasil

Pietro Biroli, Assistant Professor, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Karlijn Morsink, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Joseph Vecci, Assistant Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden