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IVAT San Diego 24th International Summit and BIP Survey Results

The 24th International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma is scheduled for September 5th through September 8th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, just outside San Diego.  This is the largest annual IPV-related conference in the world, and well worth attending.  I have presented there numerous times.  In contrast to the International Family Violence & Child Victimization Conference, held every two years in New Hampshire, where our own ADVIP conference also meets and which is primarily attended by researchers, the San Diego conference is attended mostly by front-line practitioners, including BIPs and victim advocates.

Notice!  Two ADVIP members, myself and Clare Cannon of U.C. Davis, will be presenting on Saturday, September 7, with preliminary results from our recent BIP survey, which includes information about our organization!  For more information, and/or to register, go to:  https://www.ivatcenters.org/san-diego-summit


Research to Policy

Dear ADVIP Members:

I just received this invitation from a researcher at the University of Alabama.

My name is Jenna and I work with Taylor Scott at the Research to Policy collaboration. https://www.research2policy.org/participating-researchers
We are currently working to expand our network of researchers to help us respond to congressional interests in domestic violence. We work to connect researchers to congressional staff based on shared interests and knowledge areas. As a part of this, we pair and prepare — including trainings and hands-on coaching and guidance on how to work with policymakers.
I am writing to you to see if you would be willing to send an email on our behalf to your domestic violence research group?
Please let me know if this is something you would be willing to do or if you have any questions!
Thank you!
Jenna Reardanz, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Research-to-Policy Intern
The University of Alabama
Department of Psychology
IDD Research | Peer Relations Research

Call for Papers – Program Descriptions and Case Studies Needed

Dear ADVIP Colleague:

The peer-reviewed journal Partner Abuse (https://www.springerpub.com/partner-abuse.html) offers cutting-edge research on abuse between dating, married and cohabitating partners, and features articles on innovative, promising treatment programs. We are especially interested in securing clinical case studies with perpetrators, victims or both, that illustrate in greater detail how your treatment approach works with a particular individual or family. Case studies bring what might otherwise be dry information to life, helping the clinician to integrate research and intervention and better understand the treatment process

We accept case studies involving male and/or female clients in individual, group, couples or family therapy, or any combination. If you are interested in submitting a case study, please let me know. Submission guidelines are attached.

You can send submissions by going to: https://www.editorialmanager.com/pa/default.aspx


John Hamel, LCSW
Editor-in-Chief, Partner Abuse

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Abuse Survey Update

The Simmons University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently sent ADVIP a link to some newish statistics on IPV, from the NISVS data.  Pretty reliable.  You can find this information at:


A much more comprehensive data based is the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project, at www.domesticviolenceresearch.org


Free Domestic Violence Webinar

I was recently invited by the Association of British Social Workers to participate in a webinar on domestic violence prevention and treatment.  We discussed a variety of topics of interest to ADVIP members.  The approximately 90 minute webinar is now available for free to anyone who is interested.  Go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MuwPm_mPug&list=PLUKxAUfL3QVRdEAKzsFRj9wlREhhO4ivr&index=11.

John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW

New: Free Quarterly Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles!

ADVIP Members:

I am very pleased to announce that my contacts at Springer, publisher of the scholarly journal, Partner Abuse, have agreed to let ADVIP members download copies of one complimentary article each quarter.  If you go to our website, and click on the MEMBER BENEFITS section, look for the link to the journal discounts and free articles.  You will need to put in your ADVIP password, which is: evidence12.  I have gone ahead and back-dated several articles, so there are actually 4 articles available to you (see below). One new article will be available each quarter the next one in January, 2019.  And don’t forget about the great new podcast series, also available for free through the MEMBER BENEFITS area.  The latest podcast with Sandra Stith on couples counseling, is fantastic!

Quarterly Selections from the Peer-Reviewed Journal, Partner Abuse

FALL 2018
Vol. 9, Number 4: A phenomenological inquiry into men’s desistance from intimate partner
Vol. 9, No. 3: Patterns in controlling coercive behaviors among men mandated for batterer treatment.
Vol. 9, No. 2: Attachment security priming and domestic violence: Augmenting biopsychological treatment of perpetrators.
WINTER 2017-2018
Vol. 9, No. 1: Intimate partner perpetration: Moving toward a comprehensive conceptual framework.

New Podcasts – Free to ADVIP Members!

Two new posts have been added to the list of free podcasts for Fall, 2018.  If you were not already aware about these podcasts, here is the complete list so far.  As an ADVIP member, you have access to all of them.  Just use the password that you were given when you joined our organization.  If you forgot your password, let me know and I will help you.

John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW

FALL 2017

Podcast #1 (FREE TO THE PUBLIC).
Title: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Treatment in IPV Intervention: The Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs.
Guest: John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW.

Podcast #2
Title: The Role of Attachment in Understanding and Treating Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrators
Guest: Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D., LMFT.

WINTER 2017/2018
Podcast #3
Title: Intimate Partner Violence in Latin America: Research Findings and Implications for Intervention and Policy
Guest: Esteban Eugenio Esquivel Santoventa, Ph.D.

Podcast #4
Title: The Strength at Home Program: An evidence-based intervention for veterans
Guest: Casey Taft, Ph.D.

Podcast #5
Title: IPV and Substance Abuse: Strategies for Effective Intervention
Guest: Ronald Potter-Effron, Ph.D., MSW.

Podcast #6 (FREE TO THE PUBLIC).
Title: Working with Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence
Guest: Clare Cannon, Ph.D.

FALL 2018
Podcast #7
Title: The Fathers for Change Program
Guest: Carla Stover, Ph.D.

Title: Interventions with Couples
Guest: Sandra Stith, Ph.D

Batterer Intervention Training Video

ADVIP Colleagues:

Recently, legislation has been proposed that would amend California PC 1203.097, the current statute that specifies how BIPs should be implemented and regulated, so that current interventions are more empirically sound, based on the best research evidence. Some states, such as Colorado, have already established evidence-based guidelines for assessment and intervention, but most others have not, and the term “evidence-based-practice” has not always been clearly understood or defined, raising concerns among some victim advocates and intervention providers.

The purpose of my new video, “Batterer intervention groups:  Moving forward with evidence-based practice,” is to shed light on these issues, so that stakeholders work together to make batterer intervention In this video, I present my 8-hour STC-approved training to an audience of certified batterer intervention providers in Oakland, California. The video, based on the most recent empirical research as well as my 25 years conducting and supervising batterer intervention groups in California, is divided into 5 parts:

Part One: Batterer Intervention Today
Part One: Batterer Intervention Today (Conclusion)
Part Two: Evidence-Based Practice
Part Three: Finding Common Ground
Part Four: Moving Forward

The video is available for online viewing or download. Go to www.domesticviolencetrainings.org. You have the option of taking the optional quiz for 8 CEUs.

“John Hamel’s course, Batterer Intervention Groups: Moving Forward with Evidence-Based Practice, is an outstanding class on the treatment of male and female perpetrators of intimate violence. It includes 8 hours of video presentations on up-to-date research findings and their clinical applications. Every treatment provider should take this class and learn to increase the effectiveness of their treatment model.”
– Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D., MFT, Authot of Learning to Live Without Violence.
“This video is excellent and an ideal teaching tool. The video engaged me from the outset. It was easy to follow and had a good flow. I absolutely agree with so many of your points; in particular I am in agreement with the fact that evidence-based treatment is a collective experience, and requires cooperation among all stakeholders – including BIPs, victim advocates, researchers, and the judicial system.”
– Tom Caplan, Ph.D., LCSW, McGill University, Montreal.

2018 Conference Power Points Now Available

The 2018 World Conference was a great success.  A number of ADVIP members who attended the conference, and many who did not, have requested that the conference presentations be made available on our website.  With permission from the presenters, I have put their Power Point slides up on our website.  Just go to the home page and click on the 2018 conference link.  Please note that it may take another week or so before the Lawrence slides are available.

Podcasts:  Several new podcasts have been recorded and will soon be available on our site.  Tell your colleagues to join ADVIP, so they can access this exciting series!