Dr. Don Dutton
Psychology Department

Dr. Don Dutton is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. For fifteen years, he was a therapist for a court mandated group of wife assaulters and published several peer-reviewed studies and books, including The Abusive Personality and The Batterer, focusing on personality profiles of violent men. Several of his published papers focus on trauma both in victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse, and the role of attachment processes in domestic violence and preternatural attachments developing during intermittent abuse. He has spoken at the University of Washington Medical School, the Alberta College of Medicine, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the US Army, US Department of Defence, British Forensic Psychology Association, the California Judicial Institute, Family and Conciliation Court Services of California and the California Forensic Mental Health Association. He is on the Editorial Board of six scientific journals focusing on domestic violence and am a scientific advisor to the National Legislative Resource Center (US), the Daphne Project (Europe) and World Alternatives to Violence (U.K). He has done numerous assessments for the courts in cases involving homicide or domestic violence and has been an expert witness in over 80 cases in Canada and the US. His latest works include The Psychology of Genocide and Religion on Trial; the latter an examination of belief systems.


"At times we feel compelled to hold our past experiences accountable for our present condition. The desire to blame who we are on what did or did not occur in our lives overpowers our need to be accountable for what we choose to do or not do about it. It is not the action, but the reaction to the action that is of the most importance. To live this truth is our opportunity to redefine ourselves." – Richard A. Snipes


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