“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
Domestic Violence Series (Part 2)
Explanation of Domestic Violence and Abuse - Characteristics Continued:
Abusers often try to manipulate the "system" by: - (Part 2B)
Abusers may try to manipulate their partners, especially after a violent episode.
He may try to "win" her back in some of these ways:
Abuse gets worse and more frequent over time.
Perpetrator Intervention Programs For Abusers
Abusers can enter voluntarily or be court ordered to Perpetrator Intervention Programs. It is important to note that there are no guarantees that he will change his violent behavior. He is the only one that can make the decision--and commitment--to change.
In Alabama, there are certification guidelines for perpetrator intervention programs. Certified programs have completed a standards review process to ensure they meet guidelines. You can contact the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence for information on these standards, (334) 832-4842.
An intervention program should include these factors and teach:
In the program, an abuser should become aware of his pattern of violence and learn techniques for maintaining nonviolent behavior, such as "time outs" "buddy" phone calls, support groups, relaxation techniques, and exercise.
Next section posted will be “Domestic Violence Series (Part 2) – “Explanation of Domestic Violence and Abuse” – “Why Do Abusers Batter – Intervention – How do you know if he is really changing”(Part 2C) on Thursday, June 28th.
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks