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RCT of Violence Prevention Intervention for Incarcerated Women: Promising Findings!

Beyond Violence (BV) is a new trauma-informed prevention program for women with assaultive offenses. This study tested the efficacy of BV using a randomized control trial. Eligible women were randomly assigned to treatment as usual (TAU) or the experimental condition (BV). Measures of mental health and anger were administered to women at pre and post intervention. Outcomes revealed positive changes for both groups, but significant between group differences favored BV on measures of anxiety and anger. Moreover, BV is cost effective, with only 20 sessions compared to 44 sessions for TAU. The demonstrated effectiveness of BV is promising for this underserved population of women. Next steps: Replication and assessing long-term outcomes.

http://rsw.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/22/1049731514534300

Kubiak,S.P., Kim, W.J., Fedock, G. & Bybee, D. (2014). Testing a violence prevention intervention for incarcerated women using a randomized control trial. Research on Social Work Practice published online 23 May 2014. DOI: 10.1177/1049731514534300.