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The Future of Batterer Programs: Reassessing Evidence-Based Practice

Batterer programs are at a critical juncture, with a handful of experimental
program evaluations showing little or no effect from the prevailing program
approach. This finding has prompted calls to overhaul or replace such
programs. "The Future of Batterer Programs" examines batterer research in
light of the push for "evidence-based practice" and advocates a progressive
evolution of batterer intervention as it currently stands. Cautioning
against the call for programs based on a "new psychology," the book argues
that current cognitive-behavioral approaches are appropriate for most cases,
with the addition of ongoing risk management for severely violent men.
Overall, it promotes a broader picture of batterer intervention and
advocates better implementation of the basic principles established in the
criminal justice field.

Written by E. Gondolf
Published by Northeastern University Press (2012)

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