Sociology Professor Emeritus Gondolf Publishes “Gender-Based Perspectives on Batterer Programs”

Posted on 12/5/2016 5:43:02 PM

Ed Gondolf, sociology professor emeritus, recently published his new book Gender-Based Perspectives on Batterer Programs. It is a follow-up to Gondolf’s previously published book, The Future of Batterer Programs: Reassessing Evidence-Based Practice.

Gondolf’s book, which is part of Northwestern University’s Series on Gender, Crime, and Law, is based on a collection of 24 interviews with batterer program founders and leaders who have worked in the field for 25 to 35 years. It aims to be a catalyst for other researchers to develop more meaningful studies. It highlights the efforts these founders and leaders have put into these batterer programs as well as shed light on what myths many people believe are true about batterer programs. A big segment of the book is on leadership, which is a framework throughout the book, from the introduction, to all of the leader’s interviews, to the conclusion.

The book is organized around an introduction, seven chapters, and a conclusion. They are as follows:

Introduction: Respect, Accountability, and Justice

  1. The Duluth Model
  2. Individualized Problem-Solving
  3. Clinical Integration
  4. Activist Oriented
  5. Women Leaders
  6. Other Approaches
  7. Beyond Abusive Men

A Final Thought on Leadership

The book, available at, received high reviews. One of the reviewers had the following praise:

“Regardless of where you stand on this issue, this is a great resource that gathers most of the previous work that has been done, gives you tools to use in evaluating, and offers arguments for a reasoned approach to treatment.”

Gondolf has published 11 books. The most recent is titled Assessing Woman Battering in Mental Health Services and Batterer Intervention Systems: Issues, Outcomes, and Recommendations.

These books and other publications are listed on the MARTI website