Conjoint couple's therapy in preventing violence in low income, African American couples: A case report

A. Jackson-Gilfort, Victoria Mitrani, Jose Szapocznik

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The standard practice in domestic violence interventions is to treat each member of the couple separately in individual or group modalities. Using a family-ecological intervention, Structural Ecosystems Therapy (SET), in a clinical trial for African American HIV+ women, the authors have treated violent couples in a couples therapy modality. The focus of treatment is developing conflict management skills and strengthening support networks to decrease isolation. This article presents a case report and guidelines for determining which domestic violence cases can be treated conjointly. Further research is needed to refine the intervention and empirically determine its effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-60
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Family Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000



  • African American domestic violence
  • Couples therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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