Stop violence against women, an ethical imperative informs the creation of a domestic violence process group

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Sunde, Christopher
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The judicial inquiry into the murder in Manitoba of Rhonda Lavoie by her estranged husband conducted by Justice P. Schulman recommended, among other things, that"Corrections should develop: (a) a second-stage spousal abuse treatment program for offenders. (Schuman, 1997, 72 & 125). " In response to this directive, Manitoba Justice in 1999 seconded the student to develop a group program which "would allow offenders the opportunity to explore personal problems in a therapeutic setting" to assist them "to make long-term changes in their behaviour" (Schulman, 72). The practicum report provides a comprehensive literature review and detailed analysis to adequately reflect the current state of knowledge in intervention. It offers another way of conceptualizing the theoretical perspective on the world-wide abuse of women by men in intimate relationships. The report pays particular attention to the correctional setting in which services were to be provided; this focus is rare in the literature to date. The process was intended to be inclusive, so that both men who receive services and women who survive abuse participated in the formulation of the program. Suggestions for further research are also offered. The program has, in fact, been implemented several times since its creation in 1999. It is hoped that the contents of this practicum report adequately honour the memory of Rhonda Lavoie and the lives of millions of women across the globe.