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STANDARDS FOR BATTERERS INTERVENTION MISSION
The Standards for Batterers Intervention was created in the early 1990’s
and was revised in 1998 by the ODVN Batterers Intervention Committee.
This document defines standards for the provision of intervention services
to abusive men in coordination with victim concerns. It also provides
a basis for evaluation of batterers intervention programs (BIPs). In Ohio,
there is no state mandate for BIPs to follow the Standards. However, any
BIPs concerned about ethical practice should adhere to these standards.
While the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) Committee on Standards
for Batterers Intervention Offense Specific Intervention (OSI) Programs
acknowledges that violence can be directed against anyone, this committee
and its program focus on violence within the family. The mission of batterers
intervention is to eliminate violence in relationships, and to this end,
these standards propose that any programming be:
Accountable to the prior and potential victims with regard to their
Confrontive of the batterer’s aggressive behavior.
Supportive of the batterer’s process of change.
Accountable to the local domestic violence shelter(s) as well as
the local and state domestic violence networks.
Coordinated with the community agencies that address domestic violence.
The purpose of this document is to define standards for the provision
of intervention to abusive men in coordination with victim concerns. It
is also the purpose to provide a basis for evaluation of batterers intervention
programs. It is the expectation that any such program have a program guide
that includes written philosophy, policies, procedures and protocol.
It is anticipated that all clientele are those persons who inflict violence
in intimate relationships. Violence is seen as a pattern of behavior that
may include physical, emotional, verbal, sexual and/or environmental abuse(s)
that exerts power and control over another in a relationship. It is recognized
that some individuals may be excluded from a Batterer Intervention Offense
Specific Intervention OSI Program because of a mental or physical disorder
that would be more appropriately treated by some other method.
The victims are those harmed by the violence in their relationships. This
includes abusive behaviors and attitudes by which they experience loss
of power, control and self-esteem. These patterns of violence become persistent
and do regenerate, so that victimization is indeed broader, traumatizing
children and harming communities. Since a batterer's continued use of
violence often reflects societal attitudes, a community response is appropriate.
Batterer Intervention OSI Programs have a responsibility to help shape
Batterer Intervention OSI Programs should refer primary victims to victim
programs and refrain from attempting to also work with these clients (excluding
contact in the context of safety checks or brief contact regarding the
intervention plan of the victim’s partner).
Batterer Intervention OSI Programs should recognize the gender differences
between male and female offenders and treat them separately. The treatment
of female offenders is most effectively provided by an agency or individual
primarily serving victims. Thus, a batterer intervention program should
be able to make an appropriate referral in a coordinated effort to provide
the most effective service to female offenders.
Batterer intervention programs should recognize the clinical and cultural
differences between lesbian batterers, gay batterers and male heterosexual
batterers and treat them separately. Other issues addressed in the standards
are: Accountability; Oversight and Monitoring; Victim Safety; Educational
Modalities; Psycho-Educational and Therapeutic Modalities; Grievance Policies;
Intake Policies and Procedures; Assessment; Treatment Plans; Confidentiality;
Discharge Planning; and Code of Ethics.
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