Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches and Criminal by Kerry Healey

By Kerry Healey

Batterer intervention courses are an essential component of any entire method of family violence. even if, simply because intervention courses are particularly new, there's a want for elevated conversation among programming services and legal justice pros. the newest ebook in NIJ's "Issues and Practices" sequence, "Batterer Intervention: software ways and felony Justice recommendations" offers judges, prosecutors, and probation officials with the data they should greater comprehend batterer intervention and make applicable judgements relating to programming.

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Battering may be attributed to personality disorders and biological dispositions to violence or, as social learning theory suggests, to the role of the batterer’ s social environment during childhood. Attachment theory, a form of social learning theory, focuses on the interaction of caregivers with their children and the impact of that first attachment on an individual’s ability to establish safe and healthy relationships later in life. Batterer interventions based on this theory attempt to facilitate secure attachments between batterers and loved ones (intimate partners, children, and parents).

28] According to the feminist model, although they may claim to feel out of control, batterers are not out of control: battering is a decision, a choice. The social learning model adds that batterers choose to use or threaten violence because of its effectiveness in controlling their partners. The violence persists because it is rewarded. The Causes of Domestic Violence: From Theory to Intervention • • • • Anger management programs teach batterers nonviolent ways to control their partners. If the underlying issue of batterer control of the victim is not addressed, critics maintain, men will misuse the techniques used to “control” anger—stress management and communication skills—to continue to control the victim.

Two forms of batterer intervention have evolved from this perspective: individual and group psychodynamic therapy and cognitivebehavioral group therapy. Individual and Group Psychodynamic Counseling Psychoanalysis can be undertaken not only in individual counseling but also in unstructured batterer groups that allow members to explore their life experiences. Psychodynamic therapies involve uncovering the batterer’ s unconscious problem and resolving it consciously. Proponents of psychodynamic therapy for batterers believe that other interventions are superficial: since other 44 Kerry Healey, Christine Smith and Chris O'Sullivan therapies are unable to eliminate the abuser’s deep-rooted and unconscious motive for aggression, they cannot end violence but only suppress it temporarily.

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