When you facilitate batterer intervention groups, you focus on the damage it does to women. You use group discussion and domestic violence worksheets to help men understand that domestic abuse results in painful physical injuries and emotional scars that include depression, anxiety, fear of men in general, and lowered self-esteem. You explain to abusive men […]
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The Intervention Alliance Although increasingly varied in their approach to working with abusive men, batterer intervention services (BIS) adhere to best practice that emphasizes (1) safety for women (2) accountability for abusive behavior and (3) the exclusion of protocols that might lead group facilitators to collude with batterers. BIS facilitators use instruction, worksheets, and self-report […]
When you use client worksheets in domestic abuse treatment groups with court-referred clients, you provide opportunities for increased focus on topics, more interchange between the facilitator and group members, and individual as well as group exploration of thinking and behavior. Harm and Consequences of Domestic Violence In batterer intervention groups, your most important and most […]
Worksheets improve your interventions and make your counseling easier. The question of structure vs. spontaneity in running groups is one of the most common issues that therapists face. On the one hand, we want to give batterers opportunities to talk because we know they learn best from one another. On the other hand, time is […]
Domestic violence is probably as old as the human race. For much of human history, male violence against their partners was not only tolerated but sometimes even encouraged. In the 1960s and 70s the women’s movement focused attention on the lack of resources available to battered women. They also identified the lack of sanctions against […]
Things had changed quickly at the community mental health agency where I worked, and I suddenly found myself counseling fewer self-referred clients and spending more time as a treatment provider for men who’d been convicted of domestic violence. I’d worked with men who’d been arrested for domestic violence on an individual basis here and there. […]