Adapting Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Target Intimate Partner Violence

Kathleen Wade Reardon*, Erika Lawrence, Callie Mazurek

*Corresponding author for this work

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Interventions for men who perpetrate intimate partner violence (IPV) have historically been relatively ineffective at reducing or stopping subsequent IPV. However, there are several strong theoretical reasons that suggest Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an intervention that emphasizes the use of mindfulness and aims to foster psychological flexibility, may be particularly well-suited to interrupting the factors that maintain IPV. The goal of the present article is to review the evidence for the application of ACT to target IPV. In addition, empirical studies that have, to date, shown promising initial support for a targeted intervention (Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior; ACTV) are reviewed. The implications for using ACT-based skills with perpetrators of IPV are discussed, along with potential future directions and further applications of ACT to hard-to-treat populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-465
Number of pages19
JournalPartner Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • acceptance and commitment therapy
  • ACTV
  • batterers intervention programs
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Law


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