This session is the third installment of the Proactive Response to Domestic Violence webinar series. The first course discussed how domestic violence is perpetrated even when the offender is already incarcerated, while the second session unpacked the programs and services being offered to offenders from incarceration to re-integration. To tie things up together, this webinar unpacks the batterer’s motivations and the work that the Kansas Department of Corrections Office of Victim Services (KDOC-OVS) is doing to support DV victims and help batterers with accountability and overcoming their tendencies.
This session’s speakers are Jeri’ Greer and Danielle Thompson. Jeri is a Victim Services Liaison and Batterers Intervention Victim Services Liaison for the KDOC-OVS with 20 years’ worth of experience as an advocate with children and adults in mental health, corrections, and transitional age services. Meanwhile, Danielle is a Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) Coordinator for the KDOC-OVS and started the first facility-based batterer intervention program in the State of Kansas at Lansing Correctional Facility.
Topics covered in this session include:
- The KDOC Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) – the program overview, the services, and the curriculum used.
- The facility-based and parole-based Victim Services Liaisons (VSL), and the critical responsibilities they perform within corrections and the communities in upholding victim safety.
- Comparing the facility-based from the parole-based BIP in terms of the program length, the group composition, and the stakeholders of the programs.
- Exploring batterers’ motivations by looking at their characteristics and belief systems and identifying the role of the stakeholders in the interventions for each motivation.
- Survival based motivated characterized by the batterer’s desperation, rage, and terror due to their dependence on the victim and a fractured sense of self.
- Entitlement based motivation where the batterer has a sense of superiority over their partner and treats their partner as ownership that must obey their rules, expectations, and whims.
- Sadistic based motivation where the end that provides them pleasure is the calculated and intentional cruelty and pain they inflict upon their partners.
- How to determine motive by gathering information from historical accounts, police reports, assessments and screeners, conversations and observed behaviors, and the batterer’s self-assessment of their motives.
- The Batterer Intervention Program Victim Services Liaison’s crucial role in the inter-agency collaboration to address victim and batterer’s needs, ensure victim safety and hold DV offenders accountable.
- A case study exhibiting how the collaboration between all involved effectively plays out.
- A glimpse into what takes place in a Batterer Intervention Program group session demonstrating the participants’ reflections, realizations, and lessons learned.
Questions from the webinar attendees were about:
- Launching a BIP program – how to get certified and funding sources for the program.
- The scope of the KDOC BIP.
- Batterer motivations – each type’s prevalence, co-occurring motives, and its applicability to women batterers.
- Overcoming the river of cruelty through the golden shadow message.
- The Family Peace Initiative curriculum and applicability to juveniles.
- Addressing the mental health aspect of batterers.
- Batterers’ response to female BIP facilitators and the value of having both male and female facilitators.
This is the final part of a three-part series:
- Part 1: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence: Understanding & Identifying Incarcerated Batterers
- Part 2: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence: Addressing Victim Safety and Offender Accountability
- Part 3: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence: Collaboration in Facility and Parole-Based Batterer Intervention Programming (this webinar)
Resources and Handouts
- Family Peace Initiative: Understanding the Different Motives of those Who Batter
- Family Intervention Facilitators Toolbox
- BIP Group Session Video
- “The motives for abuse were very helpful and insightful. The group session video was a perfect recap of the information shared. It was good to see part of the program in action.” — Amber
- “The breakdown of each individual motivation was very helpful and I could see myself applying this with my clients.” — Anna
- “The information was solid and compelling. The speakers were knowledgeable and passionate. I loved the video! What a powerful opportunity to see the work that is being done with this challenging population!” — Audrey
- “Excellent presentation on all subject matter! So important to remember “I Do Matter.” — Beverley
- “The types of Intimate Partner Batterer Motivation and what kind of specific treatment to provide. This program looks really good. Bravo, Kansas!” — Bridgette
- “It was very interesting to learn about the programs that are being used in Kansas and can hopefully be spread across other U.S. prisons. — Emily
- The different types of abusers. Also just getting a feel for how they implemented the program in the prison and how the continuity of the program follows the offender onto parole. Great training!” — Erika