A qualitative study of male veterans’ violence perpetration and treatment preferences

Andra Teten Tharp, Michelle Sherman, Kristin Holland, Bradford Townsend, Ursula Bowling

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Prevention and treatment of intimate partner violence (IPV) has increasingly focused on engaging men; however, very little work has examined how men manage the negative emotions associated with relationship conflict, as well as their preferences for and perceived barriers to treatment. Given the overrepresentation of IPV among men with post-traumatic stress disorder, the perspectives of male veterans with and without post-traumatic stress disorder are critical to informing IPV prevention and treatment within the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system. This qualitative study involved interviews with 25 male veterans who reported recent IPV perpetration. Interview themes included coping with emotions associated with violence and preferences and barriers to seeking treatment related to IPV. Results found the participants were interested in receiving IPV treatment at the Veterans Administration, and interviews offered several suggestions for developing or adapting prevention and treatment options for male veterans and their families to take into account violence in their relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)735-739
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2016

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