Batterer Intervention Systems: Issues, Outcomes, and Recommendations

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SAGE Publications, Oct 31, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 364 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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Contents

Evaluating Whether Batterer Programs Work
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The Limitations of Previous Evaluations
47
Comparing Batterer Intervention Systems
63
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