About Nada Yorke


Nada Yorke, LCSW, has a B.A. in Psychology (1984) and an M.S.W (2009) from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). During the course of her twenty-five year career as a probation officer in California, she developed specialized caseloads for identified gang members and high-risk drug offenders, and spent three years a victim advocate in the Victim/Witness unit, focusing on domestic violence cases. That assignment led to her becoming president of the Domestic Violence Advisory Council to help make systemic changes to improve responses for both victims and perpetrators. After retirement in 2006, she started Yorke Consulting, a company which works with criminal justice agencies as well as treatment providers to provide training, strategic planning and effective domestic violence interventions. Ms. Yorke relocated to Sequim, WA in 2016 and continues to work with professionals at both the national and international level to find workable solutions to stopping family violence. She is a recognized court expert, authored a 52-week BIP curriculum which utilizes evidence-based clinical interventions, and she developed a measurement tool for providers to evaluate the objective changes of their participants post-intervention. Research Projects Nada Yorke implemented a probation-department certified batterers intervention program in a maximum security prison in 2007-09 with 23 voluntary participants who were assigned to the Substance Abuse Program. She developed a measurement tool to assess the participant’s recognition and acceptance of personal responsibility for committing abusive behaviors (RPRS). Although the entire program was unable to be implemented (due to institutional restrictions), the results were statistically significant after 23 weeks and the participants highly recommended the program for anyone in a relationship and paroling back into society. Since many of the participants were serving life sentences, a recidivism study was not conducted. The research was published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (Oct 2010). Since the curriculum design for the prison program was so well-received, Ms. Yorke collaborated with a local community-based organization (CBO) who obtained private funding to provide a faith-based, certified batterer intervention program for court-ordered men. Forty-seven men were enrolled in the pilot project, which included three volunteers. After 90 days, 90% of the men were still in the program, and after 52-weeks 68% (N=32) graduated. According to the Probation Department, these numbers represented a significant improvement from most other programs which typically had 30-40% retention at the 90-day mark. The RPRS measurement was given three times and the results were also statistically significant. Recidivism for new domestic violence arrests was evaluated and at 18-months post graduation there were zero arrests for the graduates (N=32), whereas there were three arrests (N=15) for the non-graduates. At three years, post-graduation, there were three arrests for the graduates and one additional arrest for non-graduates. The CBO continues to conduct the program and is still experiencing high retention and low recidivism. Services Expert Witness and Training Since 1999, Ms. Yorke has been providing expert witness testimony for both the prosecution and defense, as well as family law cases. She has testified in over 30 trials and is regularly consulted by attorneys, the Courts, and law enforcement, as well as victim advocates and other therapists. She has also mentored and coached fellow professionals to become expert witness’ in their respective fields. As a trainer and speaker, Nada has interacted with national and international audiences of therapists, forensic counselors and law enforcement personnel about the issues concerning domestic violence and the value of working with perpetrators to stop the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence. She served as an appointee to the Behavioral Health Board of Kern County in 2014, in addition to serving on various State and local task forces and professional advisory boards and committees. With over thirty years of forensic court experience, eighteen of which are specific to domestic violence, Nada has personally trained over 100 people to become batterer intervention facilitators and provides consultation throughout California to programs seeking certification of their batterer intervention programs. She continues to provide basic and advanced training for facilitators and providers. Currently, Yorke Consulting is an STC provider to provide training for California probation officers who are tasked with overseeing and assessing batterer intervention programs. Publications Based on the positive results from the prison and community-based program, Ms. Yorke’s curriculum “Another Way…Choosing to Change” was published in 2014 and the Participant’s Handbook was recently translated into Spanish. The curriculum and program design uses evidence-based clinical interventions and address’ criminogenic factors and adverse childhood experiences (ACES). Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change model are incorporated in the design and delivery of the material. Research indicates that CBT and DBT are effective for those participants exhibiting borderline and/or antisocial traits/characteristics so both the class design and homework assignments integrate these research-supported interventions. Participants have evaluated the curriculum as helpful for changing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within their interpersonal relationships and reports from their partners and objective measurements have supported their self-assessments. Yorke, N (2017) Otra Forma de... Elegir el Cambio, Manual del Participante Charleston, South Carolina. Create Space. Yorke, N. J. (2015). Avoiding Collusion with Batterers through Recognition of Covert Behavior for Better Outcomes in Family Court. J. Am. Acad. Matrimonial Law., 28, 563. Yorke, N (2014) Another Way…Choosing to Change-Participant’s Handbook. Charleston, South Carolina. Create Space. Yorke, N.J. (2014) Another Way…Choosing to Change-Facilitator Guide. Charleston, South Carolina. Create Space. Yorke, N.J., Friedman, B., Hurt, P. (2010) Implementing a Batterer’s Intervention Program in a Correctional Setting: A Tertiary Prevention Model. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation 49(7), 456-478.

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Expert Witness Certification with CE’s

Expert Witness Certification with CE’s

Attached is a continuing education certification program description and training that is a new grant funded program that IVAT has obtained for a major 3-year project for attorneys, GALS, mental health professionals, child custody evaluators (or those wanting to become evaluators), and expert witnesses in family law cases with allegations of abuse.  It involves 4 national nonprofit organizations working together, and the cost is minimal due to the grant funds. The details are attached.  If interested, or want more details, pls contact Madison as noted.  Enrollment at each of the 3 sites this year is limited and there will be 4 more sites each of next two years. The first training is in July in Seattle.  You do not have to live in that city or state to attend a training, but it is by application only. https://domesticviolenceintervention.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/LEFCC-flyer-for-the-New-training-5-28-23-with-DRAW-2.pdf

Feel free to email me nyorke@outlook.com  for the flyer if it doesn’t open for you

Registration closes tomorrow at 8am (PST)

Registration closes 8am (PST) tomorrow. This webinar will be recorded and available for replay to all registrants. Don’t miss this innovative discussion on Addressing Attachment Issues in Abuser Intervention Programs. 1.5 CE credits available for additional cost


Addressing Attachment Issues to Increase Engagement in Abuser Intervention Programs

Looking for more strategies to increase engagement in your abuser intervention program?  REGISTER for this upcoming webinar which is only a week away!

We’ll review research and facilitation ideas to leverage the various attachment styles of your clients to help you create a secure base for increase engagement and retention.

All proceeds support the work of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV). CE credits of 1.5 hours available for additional cost.


California: Addressing Effective Batterer Intervention Programs on Three Fronts

First Front-CSAC

In early 2017, Assembly Bill 372 was introduced in California to explore the use of alternative batterer intervention programming (BIPs).  Under current law, the court is required to order a 52-week BIP for persons who meet the sentencing mandates for specified domestic violence crimes (FC 6211/ PC 1203.097). The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) oversees the pilot project of six participating counties.  The counties are provided the flexibility to modify the 52-week requirement to a lesser time, based on a risk and needs assessment.  All counties chose the Ontario Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment (ODARA), but general risk assessments varied among the counties with four different tools used to measure general recidivism.

The pilot project was introduced into law (PC 1203.099) in July 2019 with a sunset date of July 1, 2022 (although the deadline was extended for another year due to pandemic restrictions). Under the new code, the BIP’s were to have components which are evidence-based or promising practices and had to use manualized curriculum.  Four curriculums were chosen to meet this requirement.  The counties were required to collect offender demographic information, criminal history, risk and needs assessment levels and whether the offender completed the program as well as recidivism six months after completion. All information was to be submitted annually to the Legislature (CSAC) for further analysis.

The first-year report provided the framework for measuring recidivism and the program curriculum’s which were chosen by the participating counties.  Options included a 52-week, 26-week, and 16-week curriculum framework. https://www.counties.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/ab372_year_1_legislative_report__final.pdf

The second-year report reflected enhanced data collection and some recidivism reports. At this point many of the counties had returned to full programming after pandemic restrictions, so future reports should be more uniform in data collection.


Second Front-CAO

While this pilot project has been underway, the California Auditor’s Office (CAO) conducted a review of five other counties, not connected to the AB372 Pilot Project.  In California, the county probation departments are tasked with the certification and compliance review of the BIP’s in their counties.  The auditor’s report was released in October 2022 and found that the probation departments they evaluated were found to “not adequately hold offenders accountable to the conditions of their probation, including that they complete the required batterer intervention program”.  Various recommendations were submitted by the CAO, including the transfer of the certification/review process to the Department of Justice instead of the county probation departments.  https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/factsheets/2021-113.pdf

Third Front-CPOC

Fortunately, during the past six years, the California Probation Chief’s Association (CPOC) training division and Advisory Committee has been developing and providing domestic violence specific trainings to address the various issues facing county probation officers who supervise domestic violence offenders.  In 2020, during the pandemic, they offered a newly designed 2-day DV Core training for officers assigned to DV caseloads.  The course was offered virtually twice yearly (2020, 2021, 2022 Spring) and in the Fall of 2022, it was finally offered in-person. The officers have given the course high marks for providing the training they need to competently supervise DV offenders, work effectively with victims, and understand the role of BIP’s in a coordinated community response model.

Concurrently, the newly designed “BIP Best Practices” course was offered twice in the Fall of 2022 to resoundingly positive reviews by officers! The timeliness and necessity of this training was confirmed by the October Auditor’s report and CPOC hopes to expand it’s offerings of this training in the coming year.

Final Thoughts

While still a work in progress, overall, California is working to reduce the levels of intimate partner violence thru more research-based supervision efforts and requiring BIP’s to use evidence-based materials and promising practices.  With targeted data collection, and increased trainings, it is anticipated that California will see more positive impact from effective batterer intervention programs over the next few years.

Addressing Women’s Use of Force in Abuser Intervention Programs-NPEIV Webinar

Hello all…I will be providing a webinar for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV) on December 8th from 10am-Noon (PST).  The cost is $25 and CE’s are available for additional cost.  All proceeds go toward supporting the goals and activities of NPEIV.

The research-informed content will cover the important differences between women’s and men’s violence in intimate partner relationships; measuring changes in beliefs and behaviors in women’s abuse; and curriculum examples which illustrate gender-responsive, evidence-based interventions.



Advanced BIP Facilitator Training-earlybird rate extended until Friday for October classes

Hi all…There are still a few openings in the upcoming 16-hr training for BIP facilitators. We’ll be discussing the influence of emotional intelligence, attachment theory and using a victim-centered approach to decrease recidivism.

Professional CE’s provided by IVAT.

For more information click here: https://conta.cc/3Ai0FC9

Please contact Nada Yorke at nyorke@outlook.com with any questions.

Research Opportunity-Women’s batterer intervention best practices

I received an email requesting assistance from a researcher in Australia.  I offered to post her request in hopes there are others who can provide input into program development.

“I’m currently seeking treatment providers views about the treatment needs of women who use force in intimate relationships and what constitutes best practice in this area to help inform the development of an evidence based treatment program for such women fit for the Australian context, where no programs currently exist. I would be extremely grateful if you would complete my survey. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be found at: http://surveys.utas.edu.au/index.php/513266?lang=en

Kind regards Robyn Yaxley University of Tasmania”

Advanced BIP Facilitator Training-California

Satisfies 16-hr annual requirements for California BIP providers (PC 1203.098).  Early-bird rate EXTENDED to September 26, 2018 for ADVIP members only (applies for tuition and conference rate on curriculum).

Registration forms available at http://www.yorkeconsulting.com/

Please mention ADVIP when registering.  Contact Nada Yorke at nyorke@outlook.com for additional questions.