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Batterer Intervention Systems
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Batterer Intervention Systems
Issues, Outcomes, and Recommendations

  • Edward W. Gondolf - Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA


January 2002 | 364 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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. Most of all, the book shows that the `system' matters and can be improved through some straightforward adjustments.
 
1. Introduction: The Emergence of Batterer Programs and Intervention Systems
 
PART II. EVALUATION ISSUES
 
2. Evaluating if Batterer Programs Work
 
3. The Limitations of Previous Evaluations
 
4. Comparing Batterer Intervention Systems
 
PART II. OUTCOMES AND IMPLICATIONS
 
5. The Diverse Characteristics of Program Participants
 
6. The De-Escalation of Reassault and Other Abuse
 
7. Evidence of a Program Effect
 
8. Difficulty in Identifying the Most Dangerous Men
 
PART III. RESEARCH AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
 
9. Conclusion: The System Matters
 
Appendix: Research Staff

"Batterer Intervention Systems is a very important book--probably the most important one on batter interventions and evaluations to date.... The writing style is very strong, conversational, and kept my interest. It presents complex information in a non-technical way. The book should be very accessible to a wide audience." 

JEFFREY L. EDLESON
Professor of Social Work, University of Minnesota and Director, Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse (MINCAVA)

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