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Spring, 2023 ADVIP Meeting and Training – Topic Suggestions?

The next general membership meeting of ADVIP will be held sometime in March or April of next year.  As before, the meeting will be held on Zoom, and will include a presentation on a topic related to domestic violence and domestic violence intervention.  If you have a particular topic you would like to suggest for the training portion of the meeting, please let me know.  You can contact me at:  johnmhamel@comcast.net.


2022 ADVIP Conference Now on Video!

The 2022 ADVIP International Conference was attended by nearly 80 people, and reviews have so far been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to all the wonderful presenters who participated!  If you missed the conference on October 12, or wish to experience it again, you can do so by clicking on the new link on the ADVIP home page.  ADVIP members, as usual, get a significant discount.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men

 This press release was sent to me this morning.  I thought some of you might be interested…

WASHINGTON / October 20, 2022 – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men will be observed on November 18, 2022 (1). The Domestic Abuse and Violence International Alliance (DAVIA) invites lawmakers, media representatives, and others to participate in IDEVAM events to be held in locations around the globe.

The following have been accomplished:

  1. Two videos have been produced: “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men” (2) and “46 Groups Call on U.N. to Address ‘Hidden Epidemic’ of Domestic Violence Against Men” (3)
  2. Forty-six organizations from 16 countries sent a letter to the United Nations, calling on the UN to recognize the global problem of violence against men (4).
  3. The UN proposal, “Intensification of Efforts to Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls” was analyzed for bias and factual accuracy (5).

Most events for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men will be held at the local level. In Bengal, India, for example, posters stating, “Men Are Victims, Too” will be distributed to police stations in Kolkata (Calcutta).

The International Day will culminate in a one-hour Zoom press conference, beginning at 11:00am Washington DC time. The panelists will consist of leading experts on domestic violence and partner abuse from the United States, United Kingdom, Romania, Argentina, and India.

The following day, November 19, will be International Men’s Day (6).

Domestic violence against men represents a hidden epidemic around the world. A compilation of 343 scholarly investigations concluded that “women are as physically aggressive as men (or more) in their relationships with their spouses or opposite-sex partners.” These studies were conducted on a broad range of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups in 40 countries. (7)

The recent trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard revealed that Heard was repeatedly abusive of Depp, both physically and psychologically. On one occasion, Heard hurled a glass at Depp, severing the end of his finger (8).

ADVIP 2022 International Conference – Registration Now Open

If you did not know already, registration is now open for our upcoming conference, to be held on the Zoom platform October 12.  The title of this conference is: “Safety and justice:  A call for reform in domestic violence arrest, prosecution and treatment policies.”

As with all of our previous conferences, ADVIP members get a substantial discount on their registration costs.  CEUs are available for all BIPs, including LCSWs, MFTs. and LCCs.

Hope to see you in October!

Short Video of Men’s Perpetrator Group

Someone sent me a 15-minute video depicting part of a men’s perpetrator group meeting.  It’s one of the better videos I’ve seen, in terms of both the production values and how well it represents a typical group session.  The men, I think, do a good job of supporting one another but also challenging one another, and they are treated with respect by the group facilitator.  Your impressions?

To watch the video, click here:  Convicted Abusers Reflect on Their Violent Behavior – YouTube

New Book on DV and the Criminal Justice System

Brenda Russell, Ph.D., a forensic psychologist at Penn State Berks, and I will soon be sending the final chapter manuscripts to Oxford University Press for publication of our new book, “Intimate partner violence:  Beyond the gender paradigm in legal practice and intervention policy.”  We are looking for endorsements prior to publication, from individuals involved in DV intervention and criminal justice policy – including legal scholars, judges, attorneys, and anyone involved in the adjudication of these cases.  If you know anyone who might be a suitable candidate review our book, please let me know.  Your assistance if very much appreciated.

New Published Study on BIP Group Facilitation

Results of a new study on the role of facilitators in batterer intervention groups has been published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, co-authored by several ADVIP members and colleagues.  The full article can be found at:  https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/PVAAZCNSARBDSCCINUSG/full

Here is the abstract:

IPV Perpetrator Groups: Client Engagement, and the Role of Facilitators
John Hamel, Fred Buttell, Regardt Ferreira, and Valerie Roy

Based on the emerging literature being developed in Motivational Interviewing that suggests certain group process factors and facilitator attributes predict treatment outcomes, this study sought to investigate the relationship between both client and facilitator ratings of the batterer intervention group experience. This study presents data from 16 group facilitators drawn from five agencies and 175 clients being served by these facilitators. The data gathered included both facilitator ratings of clients (i.e., Group Engagement Measure-GEM) and client ratings of facilitators and the group experience (i.e., Client Rating of Facilitator-CRF, Client Perceived Benefits of Group (CPBG). Results indicate that facilitators rated clients as being engaged in the group process across all the domains assessed by the GEM and that
clients viewed the facilitators and group experiences favorably as assessed by the CRF and CPBG. There was no significant correlation between the GEM and CRF or the GEM and CPBG, but there was a strong, positive correlation between the CRF and CPBG. The results here support previous research findings suggesting a strong correlation between client engagement in the therapeutic process, based on their perception of the facilitator, and their perceived benefits of the group experience. Implications of the findings for improving empirical investigations of the batterer intervention group experience were explored and discussed.

Jacob Blake Incident: Civil Rights versus Safety of Victims

I have been reading about the recent shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, and it turns out that he had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest when police were called – for having chocked and severely injured a woman, probably his girlfriend, and for assaults with a deadly weapon.   Video footage from one side of the car shows him resisting arrest, and then walking around the car and try to enter on the other side.  It has now reported that there was a knife in the car, which Mr. Blake would have been able to retrieve, and possibly use against the police or others, had he been allowed to get into the car.  Does this information change any of your minds about the current media narrative, that this was one more example of systemic racism or police misconduct?  This does not seem to me to be as cut-and-dry as the George Floyd incident.  But I think this incident does highlight an ongoing dilemma in the field of domestic violence:  How does law enforcement keep victims safe while honoring the constitutional rights of criminal suspect?  Your thoughts?

International Society for Research on Aggression

Those of you who want to know more about what new research is being conducted around the world on the general topic of aggression may want to check out the most recently ISRA bulletin.

The Bulletin includes a special statement on police aggression and its disproportionate impact on minority population that can also be accessed on the ISRA website. Click here to access this statement directly. We encourage you to disseminate this statement widely to your professional networks.

You can access the ISRA Bulletin (and past Bulletins) on the ISRA website under the “News” tab. You can also access all ISRA Bulletins by clicking here.