Providers and Philosophies in Batterer Intervention: A Review of Changing Paradigms

Katherine Williams, Loyola University of Chicago
Arthur Lurigio, Loyola University of Chicago

Professionals who deal with domestic violence have increasingly recognized the need to assist the offender as well as the victim. Over the past few decades, they have developed batterer intervention programs to address these needs. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the various paradigms employed in batterer intervention programs. The philosophy of the initial feminist programs is compared and contrasted with other current trends in batterer intervention. Special attention is paid to the emerging role of faith-based counseling in dealing with domestic violence. The policy implications of an increase in faith-based service providers are carefully examined.

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