Batterer Intervention Systems: Issues, Outcomes, and Recommendations

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SAGE, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 254 pages
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One of the most burning debates in the domestic violence field is over the effectiveness of batterer programs and how to improve them. Batterer Intervention Systems responds to this debate with research from a multi-site evaluation of batterer programs—the most comprehensive and extensive evaluation to date. It critiques current experimental evaluations, exposes the complex issues of evaluation, and presents alternatives to assessing effectiveness. A four-year follow-up of program participants reveals a surprising de-escalation of abuse, a subgroup of unresponsive repeat reassaulters, and the difficulty in identifying the most dangerous men. Conventional batterer counseling appears to be appropriate for the vast majority of men. Most of all, the book shows that the "system" matters and can be improved through some straightforward adjustments. 


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Evaluating Whether Batterer Programs Work
The Limitations of Previous Evaluations
Comparing Batterer Intervention Systems
The Diverse Characteristics of Program Participants
The DeEscalation of Reassault and Other Abuse
Evidence of a Program Effect
Difficulty in Identifying the Most Dangerous Men
The System Matters
Research Staff
Author Index
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