Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Carol F. Kuechler, MSSW, Ph.D., LISW

Second Advisor

Michael Schock, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Beth Zemsky, MAEd, LICSW


Heterosexual women arrested for violence are often referred to supportive services similar to those provided for battered women although there is limited documentation to justify similar treatment. The results of a questionnaire mailed to 20 practitioners and researchers form the basis for practice guidelines to standardize assessment and treatment planning for heterosexual women arrested for domestic violence. The emphasis of the practice guidelines is on the complex assessment and intervention decisions that arise when a woman has been arrested for using violence in self-defense. Practice guidelines will assist practitioners in justifying decisions about interventions for women arrested for violence against male partners and assist practitioners in treating individuals arrested for violence uniformly.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Braley.MR.B

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