Batterer intervention is a method for addressing individuals, commonly known as “batterers” who commit intimate partner violence or coercive controlling behaviors such as emotional, physical and sexual abuse against a current or former (wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend) partner. Whether the couple is together or not does not change the need for the batterer to seek help for their violence. Intimate partner violence occurs in heterosexual and same-sex relationships. It crosses all socio- economic and ethnic backgrounds. It is also reported to the police as a crime far less than it actually occurs.
Highlights of a Batterer Intervention Program
Over the years, ODVN has provided technical assistance and guidance to a number of Batterer Intervention program around the state of Ohio. The highlights listed at the link below are those elements that are most common to a successful program.
Ohio Standards for Batterer’s Intervention
Working with the Batterer’s Intervention Standards
Whereas the Ohio Domestic Violence Network Batterer Intervention Standards offers a philosophical view and explanation as to the purpose of the Standards, the Self-Audit and Guide to Working with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network Batterer’s Intervention Standards provides instructions as to the actual implementation of the Standards. Each section contains questions to be answered by the batterer intervention program so they can assess how closely they are adhering to the Standards, and to help develop strategies for program enhancements. The Guide is in a Microsoft Word format. You are invited to click the link below to download the document so that you can type your responses and save it to your computer. Programs seeking technical assistance can e-mail the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic violence risk assessment is very complex and can change over time based on the batterer’s behavior. It must be noted that there is no perfect tool and that they are never fool-proof. No risk assessment instrument should be used as the only measure. Various assessments should be utilized, including extensive information from perpetrators, victims/survivors, advocates, and any record available (criminal history, police, etc.). It is important to recognize that on-going violence is very common in domestic violence and that there is no real thing as “low risk.”
The list of tools provided at the link below was developed to introduce some risk assessment tools used around the country and should not be taken as an endorsement of any particular tool. We ask that you use any of the tools with caution and the safety of the victims/survivors in mind. As research efforts continue to test the accuracy of risk assessment, we recommend that court personnel, batterer’s intervention programs, victim advocates and other service personnel seek the most updated tools and information.
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