BATTERER INTERVENTION SERVICES STANDARDS
BATTERER INTERVENTION SERVICES COALITION
(ALLEGAN, KENT, IONIA AND MONTCALM COUNTIES)
Domestic Violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors that includes
physical assaults, sexual assaults, emotional abuse, isolation,
economic abuse, threats, stalking and intimidation. These behaviors
are used by one partner in an intimate relationship to control the
behavior of the other partner and often, others in the family as
Criminal behavior in domestic violence situations include physical
assaults, sexual assaults, threats and stalking behavior.
Batterer/assailant refers to the individual who uses any of the above
behaviors to control his or her partner.
Victim/survivor refers to the individual who is abused and whose
behavior is controlled by his or her partner. The criminal justice
system tends to use the term "victim". Treatment programs tend to
refer to this individual as a "survivor".
This document refers to the batterer/assailant as male, reflecting
the predominant pattern of domestic violence. The Coalition
recognizes that female battering toward a male occurs, as well as
battering in lesbian and gay relationships. These standards are
primarily for batterer intervention services for men.
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Batterer intervention services are based on the recognition that
battering is a pattern of behavior that is used to achieve and
maintain power over the batterer's intimate partner.
Batterer intervention services maintain that perpetrators of abuse
are solely responsible for their actions and must be held accountable
for their abusive behavior. There is no behavior on the part of the
victim/survivor that causes or excuses domestic violence.
Because batterers choose violence, they can also choose to stop
violence and eliminate coercive control and controlling tactics from
their intimate relationships. Intervention services recognize that
men can learn alternatives of mutuality, shared decision making,
trust, negotiation and fairness.
Batterer intervention services are committed to the safety of
battered women and children. Potential for further harm is of utmost
consideration when making policy and program decisions.
Batterer intervention services are provided, or appropriate referrals
made, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, or
physical or mental disability. E3atterer intervention services
advocate for and assist in the development of services for batterers
not currently served.
Batterer intervention services directly cooperate with interrelated
agencies, such as shelter programs, law enforcement, prosecuting
agencies, corrections, and the judicial system. Satterer intervention
services take an active role in building awareness in the community
that male violence in any relationship is not to be tolerated.
PURPOSE OF THESE STANDARDS
PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICE
Information exchanae with the Justice system
Batterer intervention services:
Participant/Program Contract Components
Batter intervention services include in client contracts:
Providers of batterer's intervention services have:
Exceptions to this policy are situations in which a program
demonstrates the unavailability of a Master's level clinician with at
least three years of treatment experience for domestic violence.
Personnel in such programs should seek consultation with a batterer
intervention program that meets the above staff requirements.
Service providers meet the following expectations:
Batterer intervention services do not use any approach that blames or
intimidates the victim or places that victim in greater danger.
Batterer intervention service format reflects, and fully supports the
philosophy and principles of practice set forth in these
Batterer intervention services utilize a format that teaches and
promotes personal accountability.
To be avoided are "anger management" and "stress management"
approaches that minimize the batterer's accountability and the
effects of his behavior on others, and approaches that deal with
battering primarily as a problem of communication, or as a
DURATION OF INTERVENTION
A violent act against a domestic partner indicates a significant
behavioral and attitudinai problem. Battering is a pattern of
behavior that tends to increase in frequency and severity over time.
Battering is potentially lethal. Because of the severity of the
problem, the optimal length of treatment should be one year. For
batterers on probation, this should involve a treatment group with
follow-up meetings, concurrent with one year of probation monitoring.
For batterers who enter treatment programs voluntarily, the treatment
groups and follow-up meetings should comprise one year of
GOALS OF BATTERER INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
Goals include but are not limited to the following:
Batterer intervention services have a written attendance policy that
is provided to the court/probation agent and is communicated to the
service participant. Violations of the attendance policy are reported
to the court/probation agent.
DISCHARGE: CRITERIA AND PROCESS
Batterer intervention services establish written policies for
dismissal and completion which are provided to service participants,
partners of service participants, and the court/probation agent.
In developing criteria for dismissal from the program, the following
a) continued abuse, particularly physical
b) failure to make appropriate use of the intervention service,
c) failure to comply with other intervention conditions which are
part of the participant.'s contract,
d) failure to pay fees,
e) violation of the group rules,
f) violation of the provisions of a. court order.
The batterer intervention program has a procedure for notifying the
battered partner and the court/probation if a participant is
dismissed from the program.
In developing criteria for completion of the program, criteria
include, but are not limited to the following:
a) consistent attendance,
b) cooperation with group rules,
c) no evidence of ongoing use of violence or threats of violence
while a member of the program,
d) apparent adherence to goals and/or responsibility plan,
e) compliance with court orders,
f) compliance with other conditions of the participant's contract.
Completion of the program is communicated to the court. Completion
indicates that the participant has adequately complied with the
client contract and any court order. Completion does not predict
whether the participant will re-abuse.
THE UNDERSIGNED BATTERER INTERVENTION PROGRAM ADHERES, IN SPIRIT AND
IN PRACTICE, TO THESE STANDARDS. IF THERE ARE AREAS OF NONADHERENCE,
THE UNDERSIGNED AGREES TO SUBMIT, IF REQUESTED BY THE COURT OR OTHER
MONITORING BODY, DOCUMENTATION EXPLAINING AREAS OF NON-ADHERENCE.
THE UNDERSIGNED BATTERER INTERVENTION PROGRAM AGREES TO SUBMIT, IF
REQUESTED BY THE COURT OF OTHER MONITORING BODY,
ITS STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY, A SAMPLE CLIENT CONTRACT, ITS
POLICY FOR COMMUNICATIO14 WITH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND ITS PROGRAM
BATTERER INTERVENTION PROGRAM