9. COMMUNITY RESPONSE

Research on domestic violence shows “system matters” (Gondolf 2002:199). A close cooperation of batterer counselling programmes with intervention networks significantly increases the safety of victims and decreases the risk of reassault and growing severity. Further, a change of societal values deprives male perpetrators of a societal backbone of moral support for their battering.  So, according to Gondolf emphasis should be put on system development rather than on new counselling approaches and innovations. This chapter will scrutinize the intersection of intervention systems, subculture and societal values.

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