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Supplementing standard batterer intervention programmes with individual motivational plans may increase empathic capacity in perpetrators of intimate partner violence
  1. Robin Walter
  1. Nursing, Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robin Walter, Nursing, Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg, FL 34788-3950, USA; walterr{at}

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Commentary on: Romero-Martínez Á, Lila M, Gracia E, et al. Improving empathy with motivational strategies in batterer intervention programmes: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Br J Clin Psychol 2018, doi:10.1111/bjc.12204.

Implications for practice and research

  • Adding individualised motivational plans (IMP) to standard batterer intervention programmes (SBIP) may enhance specific cognitive processes associated with empathy to increase behavioural control in perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV).

  • IMP uses several intervention strategies (ie, motivational interviewing, therapists and group goal reinforcement, and retention techniques) concomitantly. Future research is needed to identify the contribution of each intervention strategy and their combined effects on the treatment outcome(s).


There is a growing body of literature that supports motivational intervention treatments …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.