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  NCJ Number: NCJ 230702   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Batterer Intervention Systems in California: An Evaluation
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  Author(s): Dag MacLeod ; Ron Pi ; David Smith ; Leah Rose-Goodwin
  Date Published: 2008
  Page Count: 151
  Annotation: This study examined the different ways that courts, departments of probation, and batterer intervention programs (BIPs) intervene in domestic violence cases in California.
  Abstract: This study examined a sample of over a thousand men that were enrolled in batterer intervention programs (BIPs) across five jurisdictions in California. Some findings from the study include: the men in the BIPs were not representative of the larger problem of domestic violence; more than one third of the men in the sample still lived with their victim; BIPs incorporated multiple approaches to working with domestic violence offenders; offenders’ rates of program completion varied across different BIPs; and the strongest predictors of re-offending following intake in a BIP were the individual characteristics of the offenders. Since 1994, California law has required that defendants who are convicted and granted probation in domestic violence cases complete a certified BIP. In addition, many State superior courts have adopted specialized procedures for handling domestic violence cases, with each jurisdiction managing the caseloads in different ways. This study examined the different ways that domestic violence cases are handled by the courts, departments of probation, and BIPs in five separate jurisdictions in California: Los Angeles, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Solano. The report is divided into six chapters that cover: an evaluation of California’s Batterer Intervention Systems; an evaluation of five Batterer Intervention Systems in California; a look at BIP content; an examination of offender profiles; an analysis of systems impacts; and a review of policy issues and research implications. Appendixes
  Main Term(s): Domestic assault prevention
  Index Term(s): Domestic relations ; Battered wives ; Battered husbands ; Domestic assault ; Counseling techniques ; Office of Justice Programs (OJP) ; NIJ final report ; NIJ grant-related documents ; California
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2005-WG-BX-0004
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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