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Title: Helping the Abuser - Intervening Effectively in Family Violence
Author(s): B Star
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 280
Sponsoring Agency: Family Service Assoc of America
New York, NY 10010
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Family Service Assoc of America
44 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text synthesizes information, obtained from a survey sponsored by 111 agencies, about 116 programs that deal with family violence: identifies the range of existing programs; and describes 6 of the less traditional programming models.
Abstract: The primary criteria for including a program in the study were an identifiable program or service specifically for family violence perpetrators and a program that had been in operation at least 6 months. Telephone interviews were held with the head of each program in the sample; site visits were made to those agencies whose formats offered alternatives to the more traditional delivery models. Of the 116 programs surveyed, none had been in existence for more than 10 years; the largest percentage (43 percent) had existed for 1 or 2 years. Three major categories of programming formats emerged from the survey: counseling, support, and mediation. Program components included individual and group counseling as well as assessment. Assaulters were characterized as being socially isolated and having poor communications skills and low self-esteem. Treatment techniques found to work, such as problemsolving and role playing, are expanded upon; techniques that did not work, such as coercion, are also identified and discussed. Six unique and nontraditional programs used for violent family members are highlighted: a community consortium, a residential program, an inhome service, an inpatient program, a family camp, and a counseling and educational program. Appendixes contain a telephone prescreen checklist and selected sample characteristics. Seventeen references are included.
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Family counseling; Family crisis; Family intervention programs; Family offenses; Treatment intervention model; Violent offenders
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