NY Model for Batterer Programs
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
The essential components of the NY Model for Batterer Programs include:
- The program holds participants accountable only for what the group facilitators can actually hold them accountable for (e.g., arriving on time, carrying and showing a fee card, paying exact amount [no change made], behaving respectfully in sessions). The participant cannot be held accountable for anything such as behavior outside of the sessions. It is imperative that participants are told the policies and then be held to them in a dependable, fair, and just manner.
- The primary client of NY Model Batterer Programs is the court, not the individual participant.
- Material presented in the sessions is important; however, it is less critical than:
- Meticulous reporting to the court about participant compliance with policies
- Meticulous and fair process of holding participants accountable for complying with policies
- Only court-ordered men are registered in NY Model Batterer Programs.
- There must be a court-imposed consequence for non-compliance.
- An order to attend is not appropriate as a diversion from a more serious consequence.
- NY Model Batterer Programs only operate in relationship to the battered women's movement and in support of their local domestic violence coalition.
- NY Model Batterer Programs do not make contact with partners of men who are ordered to attend.
- NY Model Batterer Programs evolve and change as new information and experience becomes apparent.
- Program participants are treated respectfully throughout every aspect of their participation. A goal is to make it possible for each participant to comply with program policies.
- A core program belief is that every man is capable of treating women, especially his intimate partner, respectfully.
- Parenting and the impact of men's abuse of women (fathers' abuse of mothers) is a topic covered in sessions.
NY Model for Batterer Programs directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:
- Men who have abused partner, spouse, and/or ex-spouse; they could have abused their children as well
One 90-minute session per week; there is constant contact between the program and the court to report participant's adherence to program and attendance policies
Minimum orders are for 26 weekly sessions. Maximum orders are for 52 weekly sessions. The number of sessions is the decision of the court.
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
This program does not include a homework component.
NY Model for Batterer Programs has materials available in a language other than English:
For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- Recommended two instructors for each session
- Room size may dictate number of participants
- White board or flip chart
Sessions most safely held in active building where other people are present — not isolated.
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
There are no specific educational credentials. Extensive experience in the movement to end intimate partner violence (men's violence against women) and commitment to adhere to the program guidelines is required. Individual instructors should have an initial training requirement of approximately 40 hours, followed by on-going weekly or bi-weekly supervision.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program, and there is training available for this program.
- Phyllis B. Frank
phone: (845) 634-5729 x312
Training is obtained:
Two-day national training institutes are conducted three times a year in New York State and are available on-site of the requesting organization.
Number of days/hours:
Training is tailored to the needs of the requesting communities, organizations and/or individuals. Half day to three day training is available.
There currently are additional qualified resources for training:
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for NY Model for Batterer Programs.
Cohen, P. (1999, March). Abuse - Why does it happen? The Rockland Jewish reporter. Retrieved from http://www.nymbp.org/-the-rockland-jewish-reporter-abuse-ndash-why-does-it-happen.html
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