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Law and Gender

1989

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Cessation Of Family Violence: Deterrence And Dissuasion, Jeffrey Fagan Jan 1989

Cessation Of Family Violence: Deterrence And Dissuasion, Jeffrey Fagan

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Family violence research has only recently begun to investigate desistance. Recent developments in the study of behaviors other than family violence, such as the use of addictive substances, suggest that common processes can be identified in the cessation of disparate behaviors involving diverse populations and occurring in different settings. Desistance is the outcome of processes that begin with aversive experiences leading to a decision to stop. Desistance apparently follows legal sanctions in nearly three spouse abuse cases in four, but the duration of cessation is unknown beyond short study periods. Batterers with shorter, less severe histories have a higher probability ...