The Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (ADVIP) recognizes that the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of intimate partners and other family members, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV) or domestic violence, is a serious social and public health problem. ADVIP is the only international organization dedicated to advancing evidence-based practices in the treatment of partner-abusive individuals and their families worldwide. We eschew rigid theoretical formulations, given that the most up-to-date findings from the research literature suggest:
“that a wide variety of interventions appear to reduce or eliminate IPV among perpetrators and victims. Thus, there is no empirical justification for agencies, state organizations, judges, mental health professionals, or others involved in improving the lives of those impacted by IPV to limit the type of services offered to clients, or to restrict the theoretical and ideological underpinnings of such methods…practitioners and policymakers should consider and attempt to implement a variety of different intervention methods for both perpetrators and victims in order to reduce IPV” (Eckhardt et al., 2013).
Our organization is comprised of research scholars as well as batterer intervention providers (BIPs), anger management counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists and other mental health professionals who provide direct services to perpetrators, whether voluntary or mandated by the courts, along with their families. Some of us work mostly with situational, conflict-driven violence, within the modalities of individual, couples and family therapy; others work with cases of chronic, serious battering, typically within the group format. Our intervention approaches and theoretical orientations vary, but we all believe that by working together we can more effectively reduce domestic violence in our communities.
ADVIP has made available to the public a wealth of free resources:
- MEMBER DIRECTORY: Find out about our membership – what we do and where we work.
- COMMUNITY/BLOG: Read the latest blog postings from ADVIP members on research projects, new trainings, evidence-based programs and policy issues.
- FREE PODCASTS: Selected podcasts have been made available to the public.
- RESEARCH: Click on this link for some of the best articles on evidence-based perpetrator treatment. For additional research on domestic violence characteristics, causes, consequences, policy, and treatment, click on some of the other links on the home page.