Does Protocol Compliance Make a Difference? Contrasting Non Compliant Treatment Providers With Those in Compliance With the Illinois' Battering Protocol

Katherine Williams, Loyola University of Chicago

Fom its inception the battered women's movement recognized the need to assist not only the victim of intimate partner violence but also the male aggressor. By the mid-1980's batterer intervention progrms had spread across the United States. With the increase in the number of batterer programs there has been a general consensus that there is a need to not only professionalize these programs but also to hold them accountable to the communities within which they operate. It is with this aim in mid that states have developed standards which serve as a guide to the provision of services. In Illinois compliance to the Illinois protocol is voluntary. Illinois therefore has two sets of providers: those in compliance with the protocol and those that choose not to be in compliance. This study proposes to study and contrast these two groups. The aim of the study is to determine how these two groups view the Illinois Protocol and how these standards have affected the provision of services.

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