Enhancing Batterer Programs with Risk Management and Community Coordinated Response: Opportunities and Issues

  • Edward Gondolf, EdD

    The research in the criminal justice field, and particularly community corrections, points to some supplemental components to batterer programs in order to improve outcomes. This session will review the trade-offs between risk assessment based on professional judgment versus actuarial data, and the movement toward risk management based on on-going risk assessment and tailored responses to high risk cases. Risk management however requires a community coordinated response in order to obtain necessary information and supplemental treatments. Research on risk assessment and community coordinated response in the domestic violence field will be used to elaborate the main points and new directions.