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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Abusive men-Behavior modification, Duluth model-Evaluation, Batterer intervention, Program, Facilitator


This qualitative study explored the question: Is the extensive use of the Duluth Model in the treatment of perpetrators of domestic violence and its derivatives based on perceived efficacy among the facilitators of these programs, or is there a more effective model that is suggested based upon their experiences? A flexible research design was utilized in order to explore the experience of 12 Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) facilitators through the process of in depth, individual interviews. The major themes identified were the facilitators' need for change in the interventions utilized, their experience of powerlessness within their field, and their desire for greater community support to hold perpetrators accountable and affect change in their behavior. Among the facilitators interviewed, there was a predominant opinion that an intervention which expands upon existing Duluth based BIP methodology would be more successful in changing batterer behaviors.




v, 74 p. : ill. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2012. Includes bibliographical references (p. 61-65)