One of the most burning debates in the domestic violence field is over the effectiveness of batterer programs and how to improve them. Batterer Intervention Systems responds to this debate with research from a multi-site evaluation of batterer programs—the most comprehensive and extensive evaluation to date. It critiques current experimental evaluations, exposes the complex issues of evaluation, and presents alternatives to assessing effectiveness. A four-year follow-up of program participants reveals a surprising de-escalation of abuse, a subgroup of unresponsive repeat reassaulters, and the difficulty in identifying the most dangerous men. Conventional batterer counseling appears to be appropriate for the vast majority of men. Most of all, the book shows that the "system" matters and can be improved through some straightforward adjustments.
Chapter 2: Evaluating Whether Batterer Programs Work
Evaluating Whether Batterer Programs Work
Do Batterer Programs Work?
Batterer programs help men unlearn violence.
Arrest and treatment of batterers are not a complete solution to the problem of wife assault, but they are probably the best solution we currently have.
Our own research shows a recidivism rate of only 14% for our batterer program. We believe we can and are making a difference.
Overall, our study shows that those men who successfully complete batterer programs are much more likely … to change subsequent behavior and modify associated beliefs—and that such changes are much more likely to be sustained.
Batterer counseling is ...