Do Battering Intervention Programs Work?

Do Battering Intervention Programs Work?

What the research says and doesn’t say

Participants limited to the first 500 on the call
Time: July 14, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This talk is being hosted by the Tri-County Batterer Intervention Provider Network (TCBIPN) in partnership with BISC-MI.

The TCBIPN is a monthly gathering of individuals in the Portland, OR who work with abusive partners to discuss different aspects of working with abusive partners.

This informal network has been gathering for more than twenty years to discuss and learn about these issues. Minutes from these meetings, offering detailed summaries of these discussions and presentations, are distributed to more than 150 people around the state and beyond.

An archive of over 200 sets of minutes from these meetings can be found at







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Eric Mankowski, Ph.D. will present a critical review of the research on the effectiveness of battering intervention programs in order to challenge misinformation and decontextualized results, and then discuss the implications for what we mean by “battering intervention program,” its key components, and how to defend, promote, or explain it to the public, victim advocates, and others working to end intimate partner violence. Eric Mankowski, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Portland State University, is a community psychologist, broadly interested in the relationship between individual, group, and community functioning. In particular, his action research focuses on understanding how masculinities are socially constructed and their connection to violence, substance abuse, and other health and social problems. His work has been published in numerous journals including Violence Against Women, Violence & Victims, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Community Psychology, and co-chairs the Oregon Attorney General’s Batterer Intervention Program Advisory Committee.

Emcee: Chris Huffine
Chris Huffine, Psy.D., licensed psychologist, has worked with abusive men for the past 27 years. He is the Executive Director of Allies in Change in Portland, Oregon. During his career he has worked with thousands of abusive men and dozens of female and male victims of abuse. He is considered to be a national expert on working with abusive men and has provided trainings around the country, including a semi-annual 40-hour training in Portland on the Allies in Change curriculum. He is a member of the advisory group to the Oregon state attorney general to monitor standards for batterer intervention programs and of the Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Allies in Change is a 501c3 non-profit. Of particular note is that it offers more specialized groups for abusive partners than any other agency in the world including specialized groups for voluntary abusive partners, psychopathic, criminal lifestyle, emotionally intense externalizers, advanced/relapse prevention, and sexually abusive abusive partners, as well as sorting female identified individuals into separate groups for primary and secondary aggressors.  Allies in Change also works with more non-court involved abusive partners, approximately 70 at present, than any other program in the country.
Check out the Allies in Change Resource (PDF) 12 Reasons Why Couples Counseling Is Not Recommended When Domestic Violence Is Present
Watch: Chris’ Webinars, entitled “Understanding Domestic Violence- Beyond Physical Abuse”
This webinar intended for mental health professionals will explore the dynamics of domestic violence, including types of abuse, controlling behaviors, power orientation in couples, and the importance of screening.
Read up on the Allies in Change Model
“The abuse we are seeking to address is on-going patterned coercive, reactive, and/or neglectful behavior that is causing significant emotional or psychological damage within an interpersonal relationship. We believe that most on-going abusive behavior stems from certain traditional masculine qualities unmitigated by certain traditional feminine qualities…”
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