The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to identify various program components and supporting factors and how they contributed to therapeutic gains and to the reduction of non-offending behaviors post-program for perpetrators in a 52-week batterer intervention program in southern California. Synthesis of the theoretical framework, including the Duluth model and Feminist theory, led to three research questions that guided the data collection. While the first research question asked how do facilitators describe the program components and supporting factors that facilitate success and therapeutic gains after successful completion of a 52-week batterer intervention program, the second questioned asked the same of facilitators. The third research question asked both groups to make recommendations for changes. A questionnaire (N = 40) and an interview (n = 12) were used for data collection. Participants included perpetrators and batterer intervention program facilitators from California State San Bernardino Reentry Initiative (CSRI), Family Service Agency (FSA) in San Bernardino, California. Facilitators from the Association of Batterers Intervention Program (ABIP) in Los Angeles, California also participated. This study found significant results, beyond the value of the program components and supporting factors, as the perpetrators identified the deep personal impact of the program. This study provides ideas to improve the value of batterer intervention programs. The perpetrators identified the value of the program in terms of the positive changes in their behavior. They identified the influence not only on their treatment of their partners, but also their children’s future and the impact on their family.
|Commitee:||D'Urso, Pat, Schmitz, Mark|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral Sciences, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Abuse, Batterer intervention program, Domestic violence, Intimate partner violence, Perpetrators, Psycho-education|
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