The article proposes principles and practices in assessment and treatment of adults who are abusive in their family. They can be physically and psychologically violent as they maltreat, neglect, create a domestic violent environment and they sexually abuse their children. At the beginning, we present different types of perpetrators of intrafamily violence. After defining a security plan for children and adolescents victims, we introduce different types of maltreating parents, adults and adolescents abusers, distinguishing between those who autonomously ask for help and treatment and those who start treatment coactively following an indication by magistracy. In the second part different treatment methods to treat violence are presented, suggesting different phases of intervention. In particular, we discuss the relevance of denial contrast, responsibility assumption, empathy recovery and we introduce to different formats such as treatment of individuals, of families and groups.
Keywords: Family, violence, pain, abusers, abused, treatment.