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Virtual Roundtable

On October 27, I hosted our latest semi-annual ADVIP meeting, via the Zoom platform, and also presented a seminar, “Applying Lisa Feldman Barrett’s Theory of Emotions to Batterer Intervention.

As I discussed with those in attendance, our organization now has over 300 members, in 21 countries around the world, and our recent meeting was joined by three members from outside the United States.  I continue to manage, with my IT person, Eric Bobrow, the ADVIP website, and am willing to do so indefinitely.  It is my pleasure to do my part to advance evidence-based practice, with the goal of further reducing domestic violence around the world.

I propose that our next full conference, which would be our 5th since 2016, be held at some time either in latte spring or early summer, 2024.  Once again, it will be a virtual conference, held on the Zoom platform.  Please let me know if have suggestions for topics to be covered.  These topics should focus on intervention policies, research and/or clinical applications, as well as more general research related to the causes, dynamics, and consequences of domestic violence.

I notice that there has been a drop-off of posts on our blog pages recently.  By all means, please take advantage of this means of communicating with your fellow ADVIP members!  In particular, I would like to see more reports from the various states, as well as from countries outside the U.S., regarding current or proposed policies on DV, new legislation, or emerging programs.  I would also like to know if any of you have read any new books on DV that you recommend, or new research pertaining to batterer intervention.

To post something to the blog, you need to go to the ADVIP home page an click on the link.  Let me know if you have any problems doing so.  The default password is evidence12, unless you have changed it.

Assistant Professor Position Available

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is inviting applications for an assistant professor position, beginning in the fall of 2024, to join the department of criminal justice and to support a new concentration in the science and practice of public safety. The position will be a central part of designing, launching, and teaching a new research and teaching focus in evidence-based public safety, with initial offerings at the master’s level. Attached is a position description with more information. The closing date for the position is November 10, 2023.

Emily Madray

Administrative Assistant

Criminal Justice B.A. Department

Tel: 212.621.3759

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.

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?