Social Work

Date of Paper/Work


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper


Sarah Ferguson


The goal of this study was to examine the influence attachment theory and personality disorders have on the clinical interventions currently used with individuals who have committed intimate partner violence. Qualitative interviews were conducted with four professionals currently working with IPV perpetrators in group or individual therapeutic settings. Six themes were developed: (a) Multiple Risk Factors of IPV, (b) Societal Views on Perpetration and Victimization, (c) Mental Health Informed Intervention Options for IPV, (d) Training or Educational Background Dictating Conceptual Framework, (e) Trauma and (f) Negative Connotations of Personality Disorders. The findings of this small exploratory study suggest that while mental health has become a major component of IPV intervention, more can be done to address some of the mental health underpinnings of IPV, and more research needs to be done to identify the most effective methods to support that area of focus.


intimate partner violence, attachement, personality disorders

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