Common Questions That We Hope to Answer
Several questions are posed when discussing abusive partner intervention programs. Below we have a list of some of these questions this document will attempt to answer as best as possible.
- What is accountability? Why is it important in abusive partner intervention programs?
- What is a coordinated community response? How should various organizations and abusive partner intervention programs interact with one another?
- Should programs be screening for substance abuse, mental illness or alcohol abuse? If a co-occurring problem is identified, how should a program address it?
- Are anger management and couples counseling appropriate components of an abusive partner intervention program?
- How should a program and its facilitators interact with the participants?
- How should they interact with victims/survivors?
- Should programs accept mandatory and voluntary participants? What are the risk and benefits to accepting voluntary participants?
- How long should a program be and why?
- What kind of experience/professional history should facilitators of abusive partner intervention programs have?
- Why is it necessary for programs to report to a referral source in cases of mandated participation?
- Is it appropriate for abusive partner intervention programs and domestic violence agencies to access the same funding streams, grants, etc.?
- How can success be measured?
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