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NCJ Number: 135976 Find in a Library
Title: Victim-Based Assessment of Court-Mandated Counseling for Batterers
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:(Autumn 1991)  Pages:214-226
Author(s): E W Gondolf
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The need to assess court-mandated counseling programs and their impact on the victim is addressed. Three areas of concern are discussed: program implementation, dropout, and outcome.
Abstract: Court-mandated counseling was considered an innovation in stopping violence against women. It was thought to be a deterrent against arrest as well as a way to provide treatment and rehabilitation to violent men. However, court-mandated counseling does not address the victim and her welfare since the batterer is accountable only to the courts. Implementation has created some issues with its diversity of programs. In a survey of 30 programs, 40 percent cited lack of court action with noncompliant referrals as a major problem. Recommendations include standardizing implementation; court referral should be part of a sentence and not a way to avoid one. To avoid dropout, the program should assess potential referrals and refuse batterers who are considered high-risk. To avoid problems with outcome, victim safety needs to be monitored with shelters and community services providing a major role. 52 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault prevention; Victim program evaluation
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Court referrals; Crisis intervention
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