Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative
Aug 18, 2014
Despite widespread adoption and use of intimate partner abuse solution programs by court systems and communities around the United States, there remains inconsistent and limited information on their effectiveness. The authors convened a panel of experts to better understand the needs of these programs. In a three-session virtual workshop, the group discussed the programs, challenges, and solutions and identified 33 high-priority needs.
Identifying High-Priority Needs Within the Criminal Justice System for Programs Focused on Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
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Intimate partner abuse solution (IPAS) programs were first developed in the 1970s and have historically been referred to as batterer intervention programs. Although these programs are now known by different labels and apply different approaches and philosophies, collectively they are designed to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) by holding perpetrators accountable for their behavior and prioritizing safety and justice for victims. Despite widespread adoption and use of IPAS programs by court systems and communities around the United States, there remains inconsistent and limited information on their effectiveness. The authors of this report convened a panel of experts to better understand the needs of these programs. In a three-session virtual workshop, the group discussed the programs, challenges, and solutions and identified 33 high-priority needs, which cover four major areas: content covered in current IPAS programs; program implementation; connections between IPAS programs and criminal justice and community entities; and challenges in conducting rigorous research on IPAS programs.
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