NY Model for Batterer Programs
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About This Program
Target Population: Civil and criminal courts or agents of the court that see or monitor domestic violence cases and the men who appear before them
For organizations that serve children ages: 0 – 17
The purpose of NY Model Batterer Programs is to provide a service to the civil and criminal court systems as well as parole, for men who appear in court in relation to acts of domestic violence. NY Model Batterer Programs are utilized to extend judicial monitoring and as mechanisms for offender accountability.
To function effectively it is crucial that:
- NY Model Batterer Programs are not used as diversions from a more serious consequence.
- Orders to attend are made only when the court will issue a consequence to the offender who does not comply.
- The key role of the NY Model Batterer Programs is to provide the courts with an opportunity to assess an offender's seriousness about following this condition of a court order (i.e., participating in the program itself). To further clarify, the program is not focused on individually treating the offender; but it is focused on rigorously monitoring participant adherence to program policies and procedures, including attendance and respectful cooperation. Compliance reports, tailored to each court, are sent to the court in a reliable, personalized and meticulous manner.
The overall goals of the NY Model for Batterer Programs are:
- Provide the courts with an additional sanction for domestic violence offenders
- Provide the courts with another mechanism to hold domestic violence offenders accountable for their acts
- Extend the judicial monitoring capacity of courts (and agents of courts such as probation, parole)
- Monitor that courts always levy an additional sanction for ordered men who are not in compliance with program requirements and are dismissed
- Provide participants in the program with more than enough information he can use to transform abusive interactions to respectful interactions – if he wishes to
- Clarify a core program belief that every man is capable of interacting respectfully with his partner, spouse, and/or ex-spouse
- Define and examine the meaning of accountability - while clarifying that the decision to interact respectfully is one only he can make
- Clarify that only one’s partner, spouse, and/or ex-spouse can assess whether she is being treated respectfully
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2007