Current Research on Batterer Intervention Programs and Implications for Policy

The debate over the efficacy and importance of Batterer Intervention Programs (BIPs) as the primary intervention for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) offenders has been one of the bigger and more contentious discussions in this field over the past decade. In an effort to shed additional light on this discussion, BWJP is excited to offer "Current Research on Batterer Intervention Programs and Implications for Policy" by Kathleen Ferraro.

The primary goal of this paper is to present clearly what is known about whether BIPs work and which aspects of programs are most strongly supported by research evidence. Ferraro expertly assesses current trends, models, and curricula, as well as the severity of IPV offenses versus other criminal offenses. The author concludes with a discussion of what we know and the dangers of simplistic answers to complicated questions. Significantly, Ferraro suggests models of social policy creation and implementation that include multiple perspectives and real-world pragmatism.

To view a copy of "Current Research on Batterer Intervention Programs and Implications for Policy," click here.

The Science and Practice of Community-Informed Risk Assessment

Thursday, January 25, 2018 / 2-3:30pm CT

Content: This webinar explains the development of a community-informed risk assessment tool for use by law enforcement and advocates in cases of intimate partner violence. The Arizona Supreme Court recently approved a rule change requiring use of the Arizona intimate Partner Risk Assessment Instrument System (APRAIS) and submission of results of the assessment for judicial review at initial appearances. Dr. Websdale will review the scientific evidence underpinning the tool and the process of engaging community stakeholders to develop the tool for state-wide implementation. Mr. Giangobbe will discuss practical issues of training, implementation, victim safety and autonomy and stakeholder buy-in. To view a promotional video, click here.

Presenters: Neil S. Websdale, Ph.D., Director, Family Violence Institute, NAU and Greg Giangobbe, MA, Law Enforcement Coordinator, Family Violence Institute, NAU. Hosted by Kathleen J Ferraro, Ph.D., Director of Training & Curriculum, Family Violence Institute, Prof. of Sociology, Northern Arizona University

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New Resource: Screening, Assessment, and Intervention Model for Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration and Co-Occurring Combat-Related Conditions 

BWJP and its Military & Veterans Advocacy Program is pleased to announce the release of a new resource: "Screening, Assessment, and Intervention Model for Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration and Co-Occurring Combat-Related Conditions." Authored by BWJP Senior Consultants Glenna Tinney and Dr. April Gerlock, the guide presents a model for understanding and responding to military and veteran-related IPV. It examines IPV’s relationship to co-occurring conditions common among current and former servicemembers -- to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and substance abuse -- and recommends a community-wide approach to screening, assessment, and intervention. Implementation of the guide’s recommendations will assist communities to intervene more effectively and to prevent further violence in military and veteran families.

To view this latest resource, click here.