Batterer Intervention Programs: How Successful is "Success"???

Carol R. Gregory, University of Delaware
Edna Erez, Kent State University
Yossef Ben-Porath, Kent State University

ABSTRACT
The paper describes a three year study of a court-mandated batterers' intervention program. Offenders were randomly assigned to treatment of varying lengths (6 week, 12 week and 24 week sessions). The program based on cognitive behavioral techniques and feminist theory, was evaluated by various measures of success outcomes, including treatment completion and recidivism. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were used to address the various components of the program. The findings are discussed in terms of the relation between completion and recidivism rates, and suggestions for future policy are included.

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