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Weak Evidence for Batterer Program Alternatives

NCJ Number
Aggression and Violent Behavior Volume: 16 Issue: 4 Dated: July/August 2011 Pages: 347-353
Edward W. Gondolf
Date Published
August 2011
7 pages
This paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to batterer programs.
In the midst of the debate over batterer program effectiveness, several alternative approaches have been promoted: psychodynamic treatment for attachment disorders, diversified programming for batterer types, motivational techniques addressing readiness to change, specialized counseling for African-American men, and couples counseling for mutual violence. A critical overview of the research on these alternative approaches exposes weak or insufficient supporting evidence. There is also strong generic evidence for the predominant cognitive-behavioral approach in batterer programs, and a focus on system implementation might account for improved outcomes. While the innovations are encouraging, an "evidence-based practice" for batterers has yet to be clearly established. (Published Abstract)