Domestic Violence: Legal Sanctions and Recidivism Rates among Male Perpetrators

By S. Deborah Cosimo | Go to book overview

CHAPTER FOUR
Research Methods and Data

How long were the men in the sample able to refrain from domestic violence after the index case which brought them to the attention of the civil or criminal courts and resulted in court orders to attend battering intervention programs? After the imposition of legal sanctions, how and to what extent are age, race/ethnicity, prior civil and criminal involvement with the courts, court involvement for the index case, battering intervention program completion, and time incarcerated for offenses other than the index case associated with recidivism of domestic violence? This chapter explains the rationale for this study, and describes the research design, data sources, sampling frame, dependent and independent variables, hypotheses, and analysis. Finally, the chapter discusses the limitations of the data and methods used for this research.


RESEARCH DESIGN

The purpose of this research is to determine the impact of legal sanctions upon the recidivism of men who committed domestic violence in a selected county in Texas and who were court ordered to attend a battering intervention program. This research uses a nonexperimental, one-group ex-post facto research design. Although onegroup designs generate important information, they also leave unanswered questions about how much of the intervention is responsible for change. In contrast to randomized sampling designs, every eligible person in the group receives the same condition (Burt, Harrell, Newmark, Aron, & Jacobs, 1997; Rossi, Freeman, & Lipsey,

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