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NCJ Number: 200331 Find in a Library
Title: Do Batterer Intervention Programs Work? Two Studies
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 94-IJ-CX-0047; 96-WT-NX-0008
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
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United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Document: PDF|Text
Type: Case Study
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents findings from a study of the effectiveness of two batterer intervention programs.
Abstract: As an alternative to prison, batterers are often assigned to batterer intervention programs, which have proliferated in the United States during the past two decades. However, mounting evidence suggests they may be ineffective at changing batterer’s attitudes and deterring future violence against women. The effectiveness of the most common type of batterer intervention program, known as the Duluth model, was assessed by a study of one program in New York and one program in Florida. The findings indicated that the Florida batterer intervention program had little to no effect on batterers’ attitudes toward women and domestic violence and also demonstrated no effectiveness at deterring future violence against women. The New York study found that batterers assigned to a 26-week program, as opposed to an 8-week program, were less likely to reoffend, but neither group showed any change regarding their attitudes toward women or domestic violence. Limitations of the research are important to note as they present difficulties in drawing verifiable conclusions from the findings. Limitations include high rates of batterer drop out, victims who relocated and became unreachable, a lack of accurate measurement device to assess batterers’ attitudes, and the reluctance of judges to assign batterers to a no-treatment control group. Despite these limitations, the findings have important implications for policy concerning domestic violence, especially within the criminal justice system. 16 Notes
Main Term(s): Spouse abuse treatment programs; Treatment effectiveness
Index Term(s): Battered wives; Criminal justice program evaluation; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; NIJ grant-related documents
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