1) Survivor Voices are Centered
Intimate partner violence can cause harm to victim/survivors in many ways: physically, mentally, emotionally, and economically. Safety and healing should be defined by the victim/survivor and abusive partner intervention and engagement strategies should collaborate with community-based victim advocates and victim/survivors to understand and address identified needs.
- Safety and Services: Women of Color Speak About their Communities (Boggess and Groblewski, 2011)
- Victim Contact in Abusive Partner Intervention: The Importance of Collaboration (Center for Court Innovation, 2020)
- Why Women First (Carlin, Men Stopping Violence, 1982)
- Safety Planning Based on Lethality Assessment for Partners of Batterers in Intervention Programs (Campbell, 2008)
- Batterer’s Intervention: What Every Victim Advocate Needs to Know (Zegree, 2008)
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2) Accountability is Active and Relational
Intimate partner violence impacts not only the victim/survivor but also family, friend, and community relationships. Because of this, intervention and engagement of abusive partners should address the many relational harms of violence. Accountability is both personal and systemic. System and community-based agencies should create multiple pathways to accountability and identify and remedy the barriers they have created for abusive partners and survivors to safety and accountability. Accountability also requires an abusive partner to be an active participant in both identifying, taking responsibility for and, where possible, repairing the harm and violence of their thoughts and actions.
- Relational and Systemic Accountability for Persons Who Use Violence (Futures Without Violence, 2019)
- Domestic Violence Compliance Court Recommended Sanctions for Infractions (Kansas City Municipal Court)
- Domestic Violence Drug Court Recommended Sanctions for Infractions (Kansas City Municipal Court)
- Clay County Domestic Violence Court Sanctioning Matrix (Moorehead, MN)
- [Podcast] Building Pathways to Accountability in Abusive Partner Interventions (Center for Court Innovation, 2020)
Compliance Monitoring in Domestic Violence Cases: A Guide for Courts (Center for Court Innovation, 2020)
3) Hope and Dignity are Restored
Abusive partner intervention and engagement strategies should create spaces for change, safety, and well-being for the abusive partner and the victim/survivor. Recognizing the science of hope and the need to create pathways and agency to develop and reach one’s goals, intervention and engagement strategies should treat each abusive partner with dignity and respect, valuing their commitment to change and their experiences while including support and skill-building for the abusive partner to address the harm and violence and create goals for healthy, violent-free relationships.
- A National Portrait of Restorative Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence (Center for Court Innovation, North Carolina State University, University of Vermont, 2019)
- Hope Rising – How the Science of HOPE Can Change Your Life (Gwinn & Hellman, 2018)
- Concept Mapping: Engaging Urban Men to Understand Community Influences on Partner Violence Perpetration (Holliday et al., 2019)
- Defining Justice: Restorative and Retributive Justice Goals Among Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (Decker et al., 2020)
- The Ten Essential Elements of Dignity (Hicks, 2011)
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4) Culture and Community are Reflected and Valued
Addressing the harms of intimate partner violence requires collaboration between system and community-based agencies to create abusive partner intervention and engagement strategies that will create safe and healthy intimate partner, family, peer, and community relationships. To do so, these intervention and engagement strategies should create pathways to change and safety that reflect the diversity of the community, the intersectionality of the individuals, and the community, cultural, and personal values that support healthy and safe relationships.
- Meeting the Needs of African American Survivors within Battered Women’s Programs (Hampton & Jenkins, 2016)
- Deconstructing Male Violence Against Women – The Men Stopping Violence Community Accountability Model
- “Returning Men to Honor” Guidebook for Developing Men’s Programs (Nevilles-Sorell, Oden, & Olson, 2009)
- Between Compassion and Accountability: Guidelines for Faith Leaders Responding to People Who Abuse Intimate Partners (Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse and Emerge Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence, 2020)
- African American Men Who Batter: A Community-Centered Approach to Prevention and Intervention (Douglas, Nuriddin, & Perry, Men Stopping Violence, 2008)
- What Services Exist for LGBTQ Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence in Batterer Intervention Programs Across North America? A Qualitative Study (Canon, 2019)
- Culturally Specific Treatment for Partner-Abusive Latino Men: A Qualitative Study to Identify and Implement Program Components (Welland & Ribner, 2010)
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5) Interventions and Engagement Strategies Respond to the Needs And Strengths of Abusive Partners
Abusive partners may have varying levels of past trauma and criminogenic risks and needs that influence their abuse and their pathways to change. While past trauma is not an excuse for using violence and inflicting violence on intimate partners, addressing past harms and traumas can allow for creating specific, person-centered, trauma and research-informed interventions and engagement strategies. These strategies should also focus on engaging participants’ inherent strengths to effect positive behavior change.
- Podcast: Wraparound Services to Support Safety and Change (Center for Court Innovation, 2021)
- Webinar: Comprehensive Assessment in Abusive Partner Intervention Work (Center for Court Innovation, 2020)
- The Criminogenic and Noncriminogenic Treatment Needs of Intimate Partner Violence Offenders (Hilton & Radatz, 2018)
- Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Assessment (DVRNA) Scoring Manual (CO Domestic Violence Offender Management Board, 2016)
- Specific Offender Population Best Practice Guidelines (Standards For Treatment With Court Ordered Domestic Violence Offenders: Appendix B, Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board, 2016)
- Domestic Violence Perpetrators: Identifying Needs to Inform Early Intervention (Hester et. al., 2006)
- General Responsivity and Evidence-Based Treatment: Individual and Program Predictors of Treatment Outcomes During Adolescent Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment (Taylor, 2015)
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- How Trauma, Depression, and Gender Roles Lead to Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Among a Sample of Predominantly Low-Income Black, Indigenous, Men of Color: A Mixed Methods Study (Voith, Lee, & Russell, 2020)
- Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma Symptoms, Mindfulness, and Intimate Partner Violence: Therapeutic Implications for Marginalized Men (Voith, Russell, Lee, & Anderson, 2020)
- Resilience Film (2016)
- Addressing Trauma Through Abusive Partner Intervention Programs (Center for Court Innovation and Futures Without Violence, featuring Terri Strodthoff and Steve Halley, 2020)
- Trauma-Informed Care for Children Exposed to Violence: Tips for Engaging Men and Fathers (Safe Start Center, OJJDP)
- "I Don’t Even Deserve a Chance": An Ethnographic Study of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (Hoskins and Kunkel, 2020)
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- African American Historical Trauma (Samuel Simmons Consulting)
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- Safe at Home: Women Who Use Force (Michigan Radio Newsroom, 2011)
Working with Young People Who Cause Harm
- Arrest Histories of Adolescent Male Domestic Violence Offenders in New York City (Peterson, 2011)
- “Domestic Violence Among Young Male Offenders.” (Peterson, 2010)
- Youth Dating Violence: Can a Court Help Break the Cycle? (Center for Court Innovation, 2004)
- Guidelines for Young Adult Offenders (Standards For Treatment With Court Ordered Domestic Violence Offenders: Appendix K, Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board, 2017)
- Parenting Interventions for Men Who Batter (Scott and Mederos, 2012)
- [International] Discussions of Fatherhood in Male Batterer Treatment Group (Veteläinen, Grönholm, and Holma, 2013)
- Fathering After Violence: Guidelines and Tools for Batterer Intervention Programs (Futures Without Violence)
- Video: Something My Father Would Do (Futures Without Violence, 2019)
- [International] Are Men Who Use Violence Against their Partners and Children Good Enough Fathers? The Need for an Integrated Child Perspective in the Treatment Work with the Men (Råkil, 2006)
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