Anna Wiecek-DuranskaeMaria Grzegorzewska University, Poland
Title: Effectiveness of therapeutic programs for perpetrators of domestic violence
The paper presents analyses and research results on the effectiveness of one of the key programmes to perpetrators of domestic violence who are serving their sentences in prison. The resultsobtained indicate statistically significant differences in return to crime depending on whether the convicted person participated in the programme for perpetrators of violence or not. Among the convicts in the experimental group, i.e. those who had completed the program, the returnto-crime rate was 37%, whereas in the control group it was 55% – that is, it was significantly higher among those who had not completed the programme.
Anna Wiecek-Duranska has completed her PhD in the year 2017. She is a researcher at the Institute of Justice, a research facility of the Ministry of Justice in Poland. Since 2018 assistant professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Maria Grzegorzewska University. She is the Scientific Director of clinical psychology of children and adolescents. She published scientific articles on violence, sexual crime, case law and the implementation of protective measures against perpetrators of sexual and dangerous crimes. She serves as a forensic expert in the field of clinical psychology, works as a therapist, trainer of correctional and educational programs (for aggressive people and perpetrators of violence).She has extensive experience in preparing and implementing research. She participated in many national and foreign research projects, such as The State and Prospects of Guardianship in Poland, ICVS (International Crime Victims Survey), ISRD (International Self-Report Delinquency Study). She is a member of the Polish Psychological Society and the Polish Criminological Society.