Batterers Prevention & Intervention Program
SRCC provides Batterers Intervention classes led by licensed, clinical staff specifically trained and certified in Domestic Violence intervention. The classes are extremely intense and focus on preventing violence by confronting power and control issues, manipulation, and dysfunctional beliefs and thought patterns. The class lasts for 40 weeks and stresses accountability and confrontation.
The program is divided into two stages. In the first stage, eight sessions are conducted in an educational format with the following topics: • What Counts as violence • Negative versus Positive Self-Talk • Effects of Violence • Quick Fixes versus Long-term Solutions • Psychological, Emotional and Sexual abuse • Abusive versus Respectful Communication • Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
The second stage consists of 32 sessions, which are designed to help the participants practice and develop information learned during the First Stage. In these sessions, group members work closely with facilitators and fellow members to: Create concrete goals to make changes • Identify personal attitudes and beliefs that support harmful behavior • Share personal experiences and insights to assist fellow group members practice respectful behaviors • Learn and practice positive ways to resolve conflicts and disagreements • Learn non-abusive ways to resolve conflicts.
The Batterer Intervention & Prevention Program focuses on changing violent behavior and challenging attitudes that promote abuse. We endorse the following:
• A strong commitment to safety of victims and cessation of abuse.
• Battering is a pattern of behavior, not a singular event.
• Battering is not an addiction or disease.
• Batterers are not powerless over persons, places, or things.
• Batterers are solely responsible for their violence and abuse.
• Batterers must be held accountable for their violence
•Alcohol and substance abuse do not diminish batterers’ responsibility for battering and is not a causal agent for violent behavior. However, because alcohol and drug abuse is an aggravating factor, it should be addressed.
• Batterer intervention services must never advocate for batterers in the legalarena.
• Family and couples intervention modalities are not appropriate, initially, for batterers.
The content shall promote within the batterer the following awareness, attitudes and behavior:
• Accountability as demonstrated by divestiture of power and control over the victim/partner
• Elimination and reshaping of behavior, language, values and beliefs used to maintain power over intimate partners and support
• Respect for equal rights of partners in relationships.
• Empathy for victims’ experiences.
• The financial, personal and social costs of abusive behavior to victims and their families.
• Accountability, as demonstrated by acting promptly and comprehensively in meeting legal and financial obligations and paying restitution for losses to the victim of the battering and abuse.
• The importance of and responsibility of the batterer demonstrating what has been learned and what commitment to change has been made.
NOT Anger Management
Many do not understand that Domestic Violence intervention and anger management are not the same. Domestic Violence is a pattern, not simply a reaction. Spousal abuse is often the result of calculated programming designed to put the abuser in full control. The victim is programmed to believe that s/he is deficient, resulting in fear and total dependence on the abuser. This is why Domestic Violence classes must be taught by someone certified specifically in Domestic Violence Intervention.
SRCC provides case management services which ensure that each participant receives necessary counseling, psychological services,
vocational counseling and education while in attendance.
SRCC employs and contracts with various mental health professionals, as well as local agencies in order to provide the necessary interventions to help each participant improve his situation and complete & maintain a violent-free lifestyle.