By Kerry Healey
Batterer intervention courses are an essential component of any accomplished method of family violence. even if, simply because intervention courses are particularly new, there's a want for elevated conversation among programming companies and felony justice execs. the newest ebook in NIJ's "Issues and Practices" sequence, "Batterer Intervention: software ways and legal Justice concepts" offers judges, prosecutors, and probation officials with the knowledge they should larger comprehend batterer intervention and make applicable judgements relating to programming.
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Some practitioners—especially those with eclectic programming—may use terms interchangeably; others harbor strong objections to mislabeling their approach and consider some terms to have great symbolic meaning. Criminal justice professionals need to be sensitive to the language used by intervention providers and to ask practitioners to explain the importance of unfamiliar terminology. 38 Kerry Healey, Christine Smith and Chris O'Sullivan OVERVIEW OF THEORIES AND RELATED INTERVENTIONS Feminist (or profeminist; see box, “The Language ofBatterer Intervention”), family systems, and psychotherapeutic theories of domestic violence offer divergent explanations of the root causes of battering and lead to distinct intervention models.
Family systems therapists criticize psychological approaches that focus on individual deficits (low self-esteem, dependence, anger) while neglecting to teach interpersonal skills that could promote safety. Family systems theory leads to treatment that involves improving communication and conflict resolution skills. Both members of the couple can develop these skills through “solution-focused brief therapy” that: • • • locates the problem in the interaction rather than in the pathology of one individual; focuses on solving the problem, rather than looking for causes; and accentuates the positive—for example, examining occasions when the couple avoided violence.
At the intake interview for the batterer program, the counselor asked the man whether he was going to continue to choose to be violent until he resolved his insecurity.  Feminists argue that labeling batterers as having psychological problems not only exonerates them in their own eyes but also ignores the cultural acceptability of male dominance in the family and how it serves to keep the batterer in control of his partner. The approach pays attention to internal psychological functions of abuse for the batterer but ignores the interpersonal function of controlling the other person’s behavior.
Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches and Criminal Justice Strategies (Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections) by Kerry Healey