Domestic Violence Treatment for Abusive Women: A Treatment Manual [NOOK Book]


Recognizing that women can be as abusive in their intimate partnerships as men, this book provides the clinician with comprehensive information to understand the unique characteristics and treatment implications for women's domestic violence. Practical and effective guidance is given for conducting group treatment of abusive women.

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Domestic Violence Treatment for Abusive Women: A Treatment Manual

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Recognizing that women can be as abusive in their intimate partnerships as men, this book provides the clinician with comprehensive information to understand the unique characteristics and treatment implications for women's domestic violence. Practical and effective guidance is given for conducting group treatment of abusive women.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136867231
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 214
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ellen L. Bowen, LCSW, BCD, is a clinical social worker and co-founder of NOVA Non-Violent Alternatives, a 52-week treatment program for domestic violence offenders.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Theory

1 Understanding Domestic Violence 3

What Is Domestic Violence? 3

History of the Debate About Domestic Violence 4

Why Are Women Violent or Abusive? 5

Underlying Beliefs 6

Female Entitlement 6

Sociocultural Influences 6

The Double Standard 6

Self-Defense 7

Learned Behavior 7

Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse 8

Perceived Powerlessness 8

Reasons That Abusive Women Give for Their Violence 9

A Final Note 9

How Are Abusive Women Similar to and Different From Abusive Men? 9

Types of Violence 9

Communication, Personality, Social Roles, Biology 10

Personality Disorders 10

History of Childhood Trauma 11

The Societal Response 11

Adult History of Domestic Violence 11

Acting Out in Group 12

Why Don't Abused Men Report? 12

The "Wimp" Factor, the Shame of Being a Victim 12

Our Culture Minimizes Women's Violence 13

Fear They Will Not Be Believed, Be Laughed At 13

Same Reasons as Women 13

2 Theoretical Foundations for Treatment 15

Family of Origin 15

Social Learning Theory 16

Attachment Theory 17

Trauma and the Brain 21

3 Effective Treatment 23

Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing 23

Treatment Goals 25

Role of the Therapist: Balancing Compassion and Support With Accountability 26

4 Diagnostic Issues and Categories 29

Category or Type of Partner Violence 29

Substance Abuse Issues 30

Alcohol 31

Methamphetamine 31

Psychiatric Disorders 32

Cluster B Character Disorders 33

5 Practice Issues, Cultural Competence, Ethical Considerations 35

Practice Issues 35

Safety 35

Transference and Countertransference 35

Caution About Concurrent Couples Therapy or Family Therapy36

Cultural Competence 37

Ethical Considerations 38

6 Use of This Therapy With Other Groups 41

Individual Therapy for Women 41

Male Offenders 42

Adolescents 42

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Clients 42

Part 2 Practice

7 Before Group: Setting the Stage for Change to Occur 47

Developing the Therapeutic Alliance 48

The First Contact 49

The Initial Meeting 52

Assessment Interview 60

Current Living Situation 61

Children 61

Parents 61

Siblings 62

Childhood 62

Intimate Relationships History 63

Current Domestic Violence Event (That Led Woman to Be Referred to Program) 63

Mental Health History and Treatment 64

Alcohol and Drug Use/Abuse/Treatment History 64

Client's Goals for Treatment 65

Additional Information? 65

Special Issues 65

How to Decide Whom to Accept 68

When a Client Is Accepted Into the Program 69

When a Client Is Not Accepted Into the Program 72

Contact With the Partner/Victim 72

8 Record Keeping and Administrative Forms 75

Suggested Information for Charts or Posters Displayed in Group Room 100

Check-in 100

Wrap-up 100

9 Facilitating the Group: Getting Started 101

Education and the Group Therapy Model 101

Basic Format and Structure of Group Meetings 102

Structure of Group Meeting 102

An Important Note About Homework 105

When First Establishing a New Group 106

When a New Member Joins an Established Group 108

When a Member Completes the Program 110

The Work of the Therapist: Therapist as Teacher 111

External Regulator 111

First: Create a Safe Place 112

Fostering Community by Building Motivation 112

Beyond Resistance: Early in Group 114

As Group Coalesces: Weaving Program Concepts 114

Empowering Without Shaming 115

When a Woman Does Want Advice 116

When a Woman Discloses Her Aggressive Behavior 117

Therapist Self-Disclosure and Use of Self 122

Authenticity 123

Humility 123

Monitoring Countertransference 124

Self-Disclosure 124

10 Using Binder Handouts to Facilitate Growth and Change 127

General Recommendations 128

Section 1 Binder Contents: Policies and Rules 128

Suggestions to Therapist: Group Rules 128

Section 2 Binder Contents: Domestic Violence 130

Suggestions to Therapist: Ten Truths 130

Suggestions to Therapist: Domestic Violence: The Expanded Definition 132

Suggestions to Therapist: Responsibility and Empowerment 134

Suggestions to Therapist: Comparing Relationships: Equality Versus Power and Control 136

Suggestions to Therapist: Am I Safe? 138

Suggestions to Therapist: Physical Cues: The Brain and the Anger Response 140

Suggestions to the Therapist: Time-Outs 142

Suggestions to Therapist: Tranquility Breathing 144

Section 3 Binder Contents: Homework 146

Suggestions to Therapist: Journal Homework 146

Additional Important Concepts 147

Section 4 Binder Contents: Relationship Issues 154

Suggestions to Therapist 154

Communication Skills 154

Role-Plays 155

Debriefing 155

Suggestions to Therapist: Meaningful Apologies 157

Suggestions to Therapist: Forgiveness 159

Suggestion to Therapist: Social Intelligence and Empathy 161

Suggestions to Therapist 163

A Word About Boundaries: The Poker Analogy 163

Suggestions to Therapist 166

Section 5 Binder Contents: Family of Origin 171

Suggestions to Therapist 171

Preparing the Group for Family of Origin 171

Suggestions to Therapist: Attachment Style 174

Suggestions to Therapist: Narratives 178

Suggestions to Therapist 180

Section 6 Binder Contents: Inspiration 188

Suggestions to Therapist 188

Suggestions to Therapist: Responding to Challenges and Problems 191

Appendix A Additional Resources 199

Books for Clinicians 199

Women's Violence and Domestic Violence 199

Attachment Theory and Treatment 200

Motivational Interviewing 200

Personality Disorders and Treatment 200

Trauma Theory and Treatment 200

Relationships 200

Books for Clients 201

Websites 201

Movies/Media 202

Support Groups 203

Local Resources That May Be Available in Your Community 203

Appendix B References 205

Chapter 1 205

Chapter 2 206

Chapter 3 207

Chapter 4 207

Chapter 10 207

Index 209

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