What do you know about Programs for Abusers?
These programs are known by different names in different countries:
- Batterer Intervention Program (BIP)
- Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP)
- Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP)
- Domestic Abuse Intervention and Prevention Program (DAIPP)
- Domestic Violence Perpetrator Program (DVPP)
When Men Hit Women — by Jan Hoffman, New York Times. This discusses the Duluth Model, police responses to abusers, and problems with mandatory arrest.
Men’s Behavior Change work — a report from the 2012 No To Violence conference – mentions the importance of partner contact
Men’s Behavior Change Programs (Abuser Intervention Programs) – interview of Danny Blay, broadcast by the Law Report, ABC Radio National (Australia), July 2006.
Leopards can’t change their spots but domestic violence programmes do change lives – This explains the UK research Project Mirabel. Readers, please be aware that the UK perpetrator programs which Project Mirabel researched might differ significantly from programs you might find in the USA. To explain the differences, I will quote a small part of the article (emphasis mine):
Domestic violence perpetrator programmes involve groups of men who have used violence or abuse against a partner or ex-partner. Some are ordered by a criminal court to go on these programmes as part of their sentence. But the programmes we looked at were attended by men who had volunteered or who had been referred by social services, a family court or by a partner telling them that if they don’t get “professional help”, their relationship would be over.
Early in the programme they learn techniques for managing their feelings and their use of violence. Later in the course, they consider how their actions affect others – including their children – and are challenged to think about what male dominance means both in their relationship and in the world outside. They are lengthy programmes, and women (and sometimes children) are offered support alongside, but separate to, the men’s programme.
“How He Gets Into Her Head” — an introduction to Don Hennessy’s book – this post describes how the Cork Domestic Violence Project in Ireland ran programs for male perpetrators for a while, but then decided to cease doing so. And why they made that decision.
Lundy Bancroft’s thoughts about abuser treatment programs
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