BATTERERS TREATMENT STANDARDS
FOR STATE-FUNDED DOMESTIC ABUSE BATTERERS-TREATMENT GRANTS/CONTRACTS
These standards address primary treatment approaches and practices.currently
recognized as the most appropriate treatment choice for domestic violence
abusers. These standards do not address secondary treatment or therapy
which a batterer may desire or may become involved in after primary treatment
(e.g., individual, family or couples counseling).
I. Primary Batterers Treatment Services Objectives
Domestic Abuse: Domestic abuse is defined as physical abuse or threats
of physical abuse by an adult family or household member against another
adult family or household member, by an adult against another adult with
whom that person created a child, or violence or threats of violence occurring
in a dating relationship.
Domestic Abuse Program: A domestic abuse program is an organization
which provides safety for battered women and.their children in a shelter
facility or safe-home network, and/or provides at a minimum, nonresidential
services (such as crisis counseling and advocacy, 24 hour crisis phone services,
and support groups for battered women).
Program for Batterers: A program providing primary treatment (education/counseling
services) for individuals who have admitted to committing acts of domestic
violence or have been convicted of criminal offenses against a current or
former adult family member or intimate partner.
Monitoring Program: Program which has as its primary purpose, case
management, monitoring or supervising alleged or convicted offenders in
treatment (e.g., deferred prosecution units, probation and parole, etc.).
A. To be eligible for state-funded batterers treatment contracts, providers
B. The following restrictions make programs ineligible for state funded
batterers treatment grants/contracts:
IV. Program Requirements
Batterers treatment providers should (A) provide services for batterers,
(B) provide or arrange for the provision of services for victims, described
in Section IV-B, (C) improve community coordination and responsiveness to
batterers and victims and their children, and (D) evaluate the effectiveness
of their treatment programs.
A. Services for Batterers
The following standards (Part IV-A I- through 20) with an asterisk (*) preceding
the number are required of all state-funded batterers treatment programs;
other standards are recommendations which are strongly encouraged:
Goals, Objectives, Approaches
Administration, Procedures, Treatment Contract
Staffing, Program Content
a. power and control issues
b. the Sociocultural basis for violence
c. issues of sexism and gender role stereotyping
*The speed with which batterers can be brought into treatment
is currently considered significant to the successful outcome of treatment.
Efforts should be made to work toward bringing arrested batterers into
treatment within 2 weeks from the date of arrest.
B. Services for Victims
If the batterers treatment provider is not a local battered women's program,
it is strongly encouraged that the provider hire one or more formerly battered
women, or subcontract with or make arrangements with a local battered women's
a. provide basic domestic violence information
b. make the partner aware that the batterer may continue to be abusive
during or after treatment
c. develop safety plans
d. provide information about what the batterer will learn in group
e. provide legal information and referrals
f. provide referrals to other local agencies, including battered women's
g. provide information about procedures that will be used to inform the
partner and justice system of treatment contract violations
C. Improve Community Coordination and Responsiveness
Batterers treatment programs are strongly encouraged to:
D. Record Keeping and Evaluation
Batterers treatment programs are required to:
a. repeat of discharge evaluation to include
1. batterers treatment clients
2. victims (if safely possible)
b. contact with law enforcement and justice agencies to determine
whether contacts with those agencies recurred.