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NCJ Number: 252265 Find in a Library
Title: An In-depth Examination of Batterer Intervention and Alternative Treatment Approaches for Domestic Violence Offenders
Author(s): Linda G. Mills; Briana Barocas
Date Published: February 2019
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Center on Violence and Recovery
New York, NY 10003
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-WG-BX-0002
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-funded study provides an in-depth examination of Batterer Intervention Programs (BIPs) and an alternative treatment approach that used restorative justice (RJ) for domestic violence (DV) offenders.
Abstract: The study was a content analysis that complements a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Salt Lake City (Utah) that used an intention-to-treat method of analysis to determine which treatment program had the lowest arrest outcomes, i.e., a traditional BIP or a BIP plus RJ approach called Circles of Peace (CP). The BIP was a 16-week group-based treatment approach for DV offenders only. It was largely didactic, rather than interactive, It focused on changing sexist attitudes so as to alter offender behavior. BIP plus CP provided 12 weeks of offender-only group sessions with RJ principles infused throughout to encourage offenders to focus on behavioral and attitudinal change. Following the initial 12 group sessions, offenders participated in four weeks of individual circles with a willing victim or victim advocate when the victim did not want to participate, along with family members or other support people, as well as trained community volunteers. The NIJ-funded study built on Part II of the NSF study, which focused only on cases of intimate partner violence. Part I of the NSF study compared BIP only and BIP plus CP for all DV cases (both intimate partner and family violence). The preliminary findings presented in this report show the recurring patterns across all data sources. They focus on attitudes about gender, family, and relationships; DV; offender treatment for DV; the criminal justice system; perceptions about causes of violence in the relationship; factors that influence offender participation in treatment; the infusion of RJ in treatment; victims and DV; and considerations for implementing DV offender treatment. 5 tables, 1 figure, and 10 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Domestic assault prevention; Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Restorative Justice; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment techniques; Utah
Note: This document was revised in February 2019. The link provided is to the revised version.
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