​The next generation of court-mandated domestic violence treatment: a comparison study of batterer intervention and restorative justice programs

Author(s) Mills, Linda G., Briana Barocas and Barak Ariel
Title The next generation of court-mandated domestic violence treatment: a comparison study of batterer intervention and restorative justice programs
Source Journal of Experimental Criminology; March 2013; Vol.9, No.1, p65-90
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage Arizona, USA
Summary In this study Circles of Peace Programs (CP) were compared with Batterer Intervention Programs (BIP) in a randomised controlled trial of domestic violence cases in Arizona. The researchers wanted to test their hypothesis that domestic violence offenders participating in Circles of Peace would recidivate less when compared to offenders assigned to a BIP. An additional hypothesis was that there would be a reduction in non-domestic violence offending as well as domestic violence offending. It is reported that there are approximately 2,000 Batterer Intervention Programs in the US. Circles of Peace was the first court-referred domestic violence treatment program that used a restorative justice circle approach in domestic violence cases, as an alternative to the well-established BIPs. The study showed that there were no significant differences between the two types of programs in re-offending but a significant finding was that no additional harm was reported by domestic violence victims participating in CPs. A number of recommendations for future research are made, including studies that include follow-ups with victims and assessment of victim satisfaction.
Keywords Domestic violence; Batterer Intervention Programs; Circles of Peace; restorative justice; offender treatment program
Topic Restorative justice