Amie Zarling developed a new intervention for domestic abuse offenders. She's encouraged by the results of a new study, which shows a reduction in recidivism. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

New intervention program reduces domestic violence recidivism rates, Iowa State study finds

A three-year study found that domestic violence offenders who completed a new intervention program developed by an Iowa State University professor showed significantly fewer offenders — a nearly 50 percent difference — reoffended and were charged in the year after treatment.

The new method by Amie Zarling, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in human development and family studies, is called Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior program, or ACTV (pronounced active). Zarling partnered with the Iowa Department of Corrections to pilot her program. Results are published online by the journal Psychology of Violence.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.