Elements Needed for Quality Batterer Intervention Programs: Perspectives of Professionals Who Deal with Intimate Partner Violence

Penelope K. Morrison, Patricia A. Cluss, Elizabeth P. Miller, Rhonda Fleming, Lynn Hawker, Terry Bicehouse, Donna George, Kalem Wright, Judy C. Chang

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Batterers intervention programs (BIPs) constitute a primary intervention for perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV). There is little understanding as to what elements are necessary for a good intervention program. We conducted 36 individual semi-structured interviews with professionals working with BIPs. Our results yielded three thematic categories: (1) optimal BIP structure—group size and program duration should foster change and interaction, (2) facilitator characteristics—co-facilitation is ideal, and facilitators should have IPV training, and (3) program approaches–programs should challenge their clients on their behavior, promote an environment of safety and openness, and strive to adapt to clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-491
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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