Alternatives to Domestic Violence: A Homework Manual for Battering Intervention Groups

Alternatives to Domestic Violence: A Homework Manual for Battering Intervention Groups

Alternatives to Domestic Violence: A Homework Manual for Battering Intervention Groups

Alternatives to Domestic Violence: A Homework Manual for Battering Intervention Groups


Created to be used as a workbook by men in domestic violence group counseling, this book presents a solid, interactive, and comprehensive treatment tool.

If you are a group leader, this guide will provide you with a supplement to your group instruction. Like the previous editions, it is designed to be used with a wide variety of accepted curricula for domestic violence intervention programs. Interactive lessons and exercises cover important topics such as respect and accountability, maintaining positive relationships, good communication, parenting, and the role of religion in recovery. For this new edition, the authors used feedback from group leaders and participants to update, remove, and adjust exercises, and to design new ones. A chapter on the role of drugs and alcohol in domestic violence has been added, as well as new "tool" exercises that will help group members learn new skills and modify and apply them to their lives.

If you are a group member, you will find this book to be a valuable supplement to the work you do in group. In it, personal stories from men who were in a group just like you will show you how they have both found success and failed, giving you the opportunity to learn from both. Interactive exercises will enhance your participation in group, and homework assignments will allow you to continue your learning outside of group. Additionally, new "tool" exercises will teach you new skills and how you can apply them in your life.


As the recognition of domestic violence as a serious problem gains awareness in our communities, the need for solid, interactive, and comprehensive treatment approaches becomes even more important. the first and second editions of this book helped thousands of people begin the process of change, and we hope this revised tool does just as much good. Here are some of the additions you will find in this edition.

Most notably, we have included one new chapter. Chapter 13, β€œThe Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Domestic Violence,” is included as a recognition that group members often believe that their abuse exists only when they are using drugs and alcohol. This method of avoiding accountability causes problems within the batterer and the group, so we thought it would be a good idea to address the issue and provide a way to explore the dynamics.

In addition to the new chapter, we have also significantly revised the existing chapters. We added many new exercises, including Goal Setting for Success (Chapter 1), Defeating the Dead-End Brain (Chapter 2), Dealing With Relationship Ghosts (Chapter 5), and Core Values and My Behaviors (Chapter 7), to name a few. Many of the new exercises are what we call tool exercises. These activities, found in every chapter, help the group members learn new strategies for leading a life of cooperation and shared power. They are marked with a tool icon for easy reference.

This was a revision in the truest sense of the word. Both authors have continuously facilitated groups using the second edition of the book for more than 5 years. We used group member feedback and listened to other practitioners to remove or adjust exercises that were not effective and to add new activities. We are pleased with the breadth of scope of this new book and hope you enjoy the change process.

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