Stopping wife abuse via physical aggression couples treatment

Richard E. Heyman, Karin Schlee

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The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of an empirically tested program for physical aggression: Physical Aggression Couples Treatment (PACT). Although we do not advocate standard "marital therapy" when there is ongoing husband-to-wife interspousal aggression, we present the rationale for, description of, and empirical support for a conjoint treatment approach to wife abuse abatement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-157
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2003


  • Communication
  • Conjoint treatment
  • Couples
  • Feminist/social learning treatment
  • Gender-specific treatment
  • Outcome research
  • Physical Aggression Couples Treatment (PACT)
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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