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NCPAT (North Carolina Providers of Abuser Treatment) 2022 Conference


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NCPAT Conference
June 16-17, 2022
Live Webinar
Join us virtually on June 16-17, 2022 for the NCPAT Conference. This year’s conference will feature a highly interactive learning experience from the House of Ruth Maryland Training Institute. Topics will include research on effectiveness of intervention programs, program design, being part of a community coordinated response, and supporting resilience and self-care.


  • Describe how approaches to working with abusive partners have evolved over time and the current variance in programming.
  • Identify tools for developing a program philosophy and engaging your participants, survivors, victim advocates and the broader community in program design.
  • Have increased confidence and skills to engage partners who are abusive in a change process.

Registration is now open, visit our website to sign up [trk.cp20.com]!

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Casey Taft’s presentation

From close to the river Rhine and the Dutch border in Germany but with reference to the above and also to the programme we run in London and Birmingham (UK).

Thank you very much indeed Casey for exposing us yesterday evening (for us) and yesterday morning (for you) to such a well researched, far-reaching  and apparently  highly successful programme. It was a breath of fresh air amongst some very stagnant vapours, virus infested, non jabbed and non-recovered!

Our own programme has much in common with yours, short, 36 hours, closed group, compact, 4 whole days, usually about 6 participants, max 8, and   open to both genders – but not couples – in the same group. Sadly we do not have anything like the evidence of effectiveness which you have but the guys and gals who have taken part over the last 25 years would almost certainly mirror the self-reports you highlighted.  I would also emphasise the trauma informed basis which you did, and just make the point that the extreme, and therefore understandable military associated traumas which have been on the top of your agenda are, as you indicated, matched by many more from life in inner cities and as ethnic minorities: but also there are the roots of similar traumas which can be summed up within the context of “Attachment theory”.

It was particularly interesting to hear of the spread of Casey’s programme throughout the U states and further afield and, looking at the membership, John, it is apparent that the “global reach” of ADVIP, and the different positions of different countries with regard to our Duluth Style colleagues, is a very important aspect of bringing an “evidence base”  to bear on the stranglehold that our DSC’s hold, particularly strongly in USA, but also in UK and other countries.   So I would strongly advocate for repeats of the Zoom conference which means that people like me who would never afford either the time of the money to get to your conferences in the USA can also take part easily and cheaply. I would also add that much of the networking can be achieved in breakout rooms in Zoom.

I think I would also try to go the extra mile with the Charity status – which you call a non-profit – so that your enormous efforts and the membership can also be secured beyond your personal demise, or the sudden decay of your grey cells!  It is another thing that the virus has focussed our minds on, mine too.

Some interesting developments from the UK for your readership:

An APPG (All party parliamentary group) has successfully been set up focussed on men’s disadvantages. See Gender parity UK  https://genderparity.uk/

The “male pysychology”  has been   accepted (voted in) by the Psychological Society

Website The Centre for Male Psychology

Twitter @MalePsychology

“Epiphanies” – insights into the people’s enlightenment about radical feminism.

Neil Lyndon
Kindle Edition

William Collins blog which dissects in enormous (statistical) detail various aspects of the feminist world in which we live

The Great Covid Domestic Abuse Epidemic That Never Was


2021 Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management and Sex Offender Management Boards Annual Conference

Hello Everyone!

Please see the link below for the 2021 Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management and Sex Offender Management Boards Annual Conference. The conference will be held July 14-16th and will be 100% online, so join us from your part of the world! 


All the Best,

Jesse Hansen, MPA

(he, him, his)

Program Coordinator

Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management

Phone 720.810.5426  |  Email jesse.hansen@state.co.us

700 Kipling St., Lakewood, CO, 80215 

DVOMB Website 

ADVIP International Conference

Yesterday I spoke at the ADVIP International Conference, that was co-sponsored by the IVAT San Diego Conference. John Hamel put together an awesome group of presenters that covered topics Including evidence-based treatment, attachment theory, Dynamics of community based programs for victims and perpetrators, and LBGTQ+ clients, just to name a few. The speakers were all dynamic, exciting and presented very interesting research. Plus, it was all done on Zoom with minimal technical glitches. Thank you John for all your hard work on this conference.

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?

No Contact Orders

My colleagues and I have been asked to submit a paper to our local judges to address the issue of No Contact Orders in IPV cases. Currently in Oregon, an IPV arrest results in an automatic No Contact Order until the case is dropped or (more commonly) until the individual has been involved in a BIP for a minimum of 12 weeks. Then, at the discretion of the BIP provider and the PO, a No Contact is changed to a No Offensive Contact Order and contact is allowed. Based on Oregon Administrative Rules, most BIPs adhere to the “patriarchal beliefs” model. My colleagues and I have decided to address three issues: 1. the impact of No Contact Orders on parent-child attachment, 2. differences in implications of No Contact Orders on collectivistic vs individualistic cultures, and 3.  assessments which would help move away from a one-size-fits-all. If you were doing this presentation, what assessments would you recommend to the judges and why? If possible, please provide or reference research to support your position. Please know that your suggestion may be used and, if you desire, you will be given credit.

Thank you in advance.

Patricia Warford, PsyD,

Licensed Psychologist

Conducing Batterer Intervention Groups During COVID-19 Crisis

Here in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, most batterer intervention programs have been suspended, at least for the next 3 weeks, due to the Corona virus epidemic. We providers are all scrambling to figure ways to serve our clients, keep victims safe, and stay healthy during this difficult time. Some of us have started, or are about to start, videoconferencing. Others are continuing to hold groups in person, when there are less than 10 per group, and taking preventative steps such as having clients wash their hands before coming to group, etc.
How are the rest of you coping with this crisis?

Risk Needs Assessments

I am wondering what risk needs assessment tools are being used by the group. Which ones do you like and which ones do you not like? Bonus points if you can provide the links for where to get access to the assessments of your choice. Thank you in advance.

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
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