We use research and the experience of practitioners to help communities hold offenders accountable, assess risk, and engage them in a process of change.
For decades, the idea that "nothing works" dominated the conversation around rehabilitating domestic violence offenders and little credence was given to the idea of changing behavior through education and judicial oversight. Today, while the link between courts and offender intervention programs is well-established, debate continues about what actually works. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that by incorporating risk and needs assessments, cognitive behavioral learning strategies, and mechanisms to promote accountability, judicial systems can both protect victims and engage offenders in a process of change. We work with jurisdictions to identify processes that incorporate system-wide risk and lethality assessment, abusive partner programming that is responsive to risk and need, and court and community strategies to increase compliance.
In partnership with North Carolina State University and independent consultant Dr. Gale Burford, the Center is also undertaking the first-ever nationwide survey and analysis of restorative justice programs addressing intimate partner violence through support from the Office on Violence Against Women and the National Institute of Justice. The study will allow programs to learn from each other, increase consistency within and across jurisdictions, and improve the ability of individual programs to promote survivor safety and offender accountability.
If you are interested in learning more about our work on risk and needs assessments and strategies for effective abusive partner intervention, please contact us.
Promoting Compliance in Domestic Violence Cases: A Morning with Judge Jerry Bowles
Circuit Court Judge Jerry Bowles of Louisville, K.Y., takes a hands-on approach to monitoring civil protection orders by conducting regular compliance review hearings. The video below takes you into the courtroom to see how he holds respondents accountable while promoting the principles of procedural fairness.