This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition domestic violence
Treatment individual cognitive behavioral therapy
Phase phase 1
Sponsor University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Collaborator National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Start date June 2002
End date December 2005
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT00070863, DSIR AT-AS, R21 MH64562, R21MH064562


This study will develop an individual behavior therapy for men who are violent toward their partners and will compare the therapy to standard group treatment.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment

Eligibility Criteria

Male participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Involved in male-to-female physical aggression in the past 12 months or has a history of severe male-to-female aggression in a relationship - Current involvement in a primary intimate relationship (cohabiting, dating, or married) for at least 6 months, with partner contact at least once per week - Willingness to provide written consent for partner contact - Partner provides verbal assent for the use of information during an initial phone interview and agrees to be re-contacted for scheduled follow-up interviews Exclusion Criteria: - Psychotic symptoms or severe mood disorder - Mental retardation, autism, dementia, delirium, catatonia, or other severe cognitive disorders - Severe head trauma in the past two years - Seizure disorder - Current diagnosis of alcohol dependence or drug dependence. Participants must be in remission for at least 6 months if a past diagnosis is present.

Additional Information

Official title Behavior Therapy for Partner Violent Men
Principal investigator Christopher M. Murphy, PhD
Description To date, treatment interventions for domestic abuse perpetrators have been conducted almost exclusively in groups. However, the efficacy of such treatments relative to no treatment has not been thoroughly evaluated. Evidence suggests that individual treatments may be more effective than group treatments. This study will combine motivational enhancement therapy with cognitive and behavior change techniques to treat men who abuse their partners. This study will be conducted in two phases. In Phase 1, an individual cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) manual will be constructed. During Phase 2, participants will be randomly assigned to receive either 16 sessions of ICBT or 16 sessions of standard group therapy. Data on abusive behavior outcomes and secondary treatment targets will be collected from participants and their partners every 3 months for 1 year after the study.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Maryland, Baltimore County.