Effectiveness of psychological treatments for violent offenders in custodial, community and forensic mental health settings: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Violence is a major problem in terms of its effects on victims, correctional services, the healthcare sector, and society more generally. Repeatedly engaging in violent behaviour also reduces quality of life for offenders. Currently, it is unclear whether treatment approaches for violent offenders work and, if they do work, which treatments are most effective in reducing violent reoffending. The most effective way to ‘take stock’ of the existing information about violent offender treatment is to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis.

We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of research studies that evaluated the effectiveness of psychological treatments in adult violent offenders across custodial, community (e.g., violent offenders supervised on community corrections orders or parole), and forensic mental health settings (e.g., violent offenders in psychiatric hospitals). See below for a publication, and commentary on the findings.

Papalia, N, Spivak, B, Daffern, M, Ogloff, JRP. A meta‐analytic review of the efficacy of psychological treatments for violent offenders in correctional and forensic mental health settings. Clin Psychol Sci Pract.2019;e12282. https://doi.org/10.1111/cpsp.12282

Heilbrun, K. , Thornewill, A. , Desai, A. and Pietruszka, V. (2019), The importance of evidence on interventions to reduce risk of violence. Clin Psychol Sci Pract. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12284

DeMatteo, D. , Haney‐Caron, E. and Flack, D. (2019), The next steps forward in determining “What Works”. Clin Psychol Sci Pract. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12285