The Operational Challenges for Batterer Intervention Programs: Results From a 2-Year Study

Penelope K. Morrison, Lynn Hawker, Elizabeth P. Miller, Patricia A. Cluss, Donna George, Rhonda Fleming, Terry Bicehouse, Kalem Wright, Jessica Burke, 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 operational, or program-level, challenges BIPs face that can impede their effectiveness and adherence to state standards. As part of a 2-year ethnographic study, we conducted 36 individual semistructured interviews with professionals working with BIPs and identified five themes related to program-level challenges for BIPs: (a) information barriers, (b) safety issues, (c) facilitator retention and training, (d) the need for monitoring, and (e) funding constraints. We conclude that continued work needs to be done at both the state and local level, and in coordination with community judicial, mental health, human services, and other agencies to help provide resources that support BIPs in sustained, safe, and as effective as possible work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2674-2696
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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Morrison, P. K., Hawker, L., Miller, E. P., Cluss, P. A., George, D., Fleming, R., Bicehouse, T., Wright, K., Burke, J., & Chang, J. C. (2019). The Operational Challenges for Batterer Intervention Programs: Results From a 2-Year Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(13), 2674-2696.