Published: April, 2015| James E. Henderson Jr., MSW, Jane Sadusky

The approach to probation interviews with victims of battering presented in this guide is a paradigm shift: from information gatherer to information provider. Instead of measuring a successful interview by how much detail about the assault and trauma a victim has provided—i.e., how useful the victim has been to the probation case—the primary measure is whether a victim leaves the interview with information about the nature of battering, the specific risks she might face, and the community services that will help meet her needs.