Bridging the Gap: Collaborating with Family Violence Intervention Programs

Training Description

Tactics of domestic abuse range from physical abuse to emotional and economic abuse. Too often only physical abuse is taken
seriously and emotional and economic abuse are minimized or justified as simply a part of an unhealthy relationship dynamic. On the contrary, domestic abuse victims have long maintained that emotional abuse can be used to exert as much control Bridging the Gap Agendaas physical abuse an
d the emotional impact is also as severe. This dynamic often results in domestic abuse victims having few options when experiencing tactics of abuse that don’t fit the normal model of abuse. They may
not even identify the controlling behaviors as problematic because they are so normalized in our society. Men Stopping Violence has intervened w
ith men using tactics across the whole spectrum of abuse for 35 years. Research has shown that effective interventions for batterers provide a swift community based consequence for battering. Addressing battering through individual therapy continues to privatize an issue that is best addressed in a setting more conducive to transparency and accountability. We’ve been successful by partnering with therapists throughout Metro Atlanta to help challenge abuser’s belief systems, hold them accountable for abusive behavior, and ultimately help them stop their abuse.

In this 8-hour workshop, Men Stopping Violence will introduce therapists to our philosophical framework for explaining the prevalence and scope of male violence against women in our communities. Next, we’ll take an in-depth look at tactics of abuse and how to identify them in clients and then discuss the value that referral to intervention services brings to private counselling practices. We’ll end day one by observing our 2-hour batterer intervention class where training participants will see first-hand the depth of work that happens in a batterer intervention class. Participants will then join the Men Stopping Violence training team to process the class the following morning.

Training Objectives

Goal: To deepen therapists understanding of male violence against women and to better utilize intervention services in their community.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the components of the Men Stopping Violence Community Accountability Model.
  • Summarize the scope of tactics used by abusers to control an intimate partner
  • Describe when to refer clients to Batterer Intervention Programs
  • List two benefits to each the client and the therapist of referring men to batterer intervention programs


May 18th – 19th, 2017

September 18th – 19th, 2017

December 7th – 8th, 2017

Training Times

Day One               12:30pm – 8:30pm

Day Two               9:00am – 11:00am

Training Cost