Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, Second Edition

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Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, Second Edition

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Evidence-Based Approaches

Author: John Hamel LCSW


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Praise for the second edition:

The NASW Code of Ethics demands that we adhere to ethical principles such as service, social justice, dignity and worth of a person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Hamel is clearly demonstrating a knowledge and application of all of these principles, which can be evidenced through his text. This is a must-have text for social workers who strive for excellence within our field and want to see progress within the domestic violence treatment field." -- The New Social Worker

Praise for the first edition:

"A comprehensive assessment and treatment handbook that addresses the complexities of violence by men and women in intimate relationships. The appendix includes many excellent assessment forms and patient exercises professionals can utilize to augment their treatment approach."

-Daniel J. Sonkin, PhD
Author of Learning to Live Without Violence: A Handbook for Men

"Finally, a 'how to' guide to abuse that recognizes just how key the dynamic within the couple can be in predicting and perpetuating violence. This step-by-step approach will help both professionals and the people involved in violent relationships to think honestly about these issues. Hats off to Hamel who has developed the manual for responding to this complex problem."

-Linda G. Mills, PhD, JD, MSW
Professor of Social Work, Public Policy, and Law, NYU

I recommend this book as a 'must read' for anyone interested in understanding domestic violence and everyone working as a family counselor."

-Dr. William A. Stacey, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

"The book presents a completely new approach to domestic violence: the gender-inclusive approach. Sound research has documented that both sexes play important roles in the causes and treatment of partner abuse, and this exciting book shows how. This book leads the way to making domestic-violence reduction a realistic goal, at last! This is the best book I have read on the topic of domestic violence treatmentóit combines a sound evidence base with creative clinical practice." -Terrie Moffitt, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

This groundbreaking book on the gender-inclusive treatment of intimate partner abuse has been fully updated to reflect new and refined evidence-based approaches that have evolved since the first edition was published nearly ten years ago. It describes new treatment protocols that are strongly supported by current research that enables mental health practitioners to engage in a more nuanced-and gender inclusive conceptualization and treatment of intimate partner abuse in its many permutations.

The book eschews the field's previous reliance on traditional domestic violence and treatment protocols to offer new paradigms that reflect the trend toward a more balanced, evidence-based and less heteronormative conceptualization of partner abuse. It presents the latest findings from the third installment of the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project. Included are new examples of evidence-based programs currently in existence and those that are in formative stages, fully updated exercises and handouts, new risk assessment instruments, and new definitions of evidence-based treatment. Of special note are several new appendices that include updated assessment forms, a victim safety plan, client workbook guidelines and exercises, resources and programs for court-ordered clients, and exercises for high conflict family violence parent groups. In addition, a new assessment protocol will be available as a free download.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Includes the latest findings from the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project
  • Presents most current literature on risk assessment instruments
  • Provides new definitions of evidence-based treatment regarding degree of rigor along with outcome data and newest relevant studies
  • Discusses promising new group programs
  • Includes a new assessment tool available as free download
  • Describes several new, evidence-based gender-inclusive approaches
  • Offers comprehensive appendices that reflect recent advances including new assessment forms, a victim safety plan, client workbook guidelines and exercises, resources and programs for court-ordered clients, and exercises for high conflict family violence parent groups

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 08, 2013
  • Page Count 412
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826196774
  • EISBN 9780826196781

Table of Contents 

List of Tables vii

Foreword by Donald Dutton ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction to the First Edition xiii

Introduction to the Second Edition: Toward Evidence-Based Practice

Part I: Research

Chapter 1 Partner Abuse Today

Prevalence of partner abuse


Impact on partners and families

Partner abuse in other populations

Summary of research

The role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system

Assessment and treatment

Part II: Assessment

Chapter 2 Diagnostic Issues

Categorizing partner abuse

DSMV partner abuse-related diagnoses

Dominant aggressor assessment

Anger and coercion: Taking responsibility

Assessing victims

Why partner abuse is under-detected by therapists

Chapter 3 Conducting Partner Abuse Assessments

General guidelines for mental health professionals

Suggested assessment protocol

Assessment considerations for LGBT and ethnic minority clients

Substance abuse and partner abuse

Severe abuse

Part III: Treatment

Chapter 4 Treatment Basics


Treatment goals

Chapter 5 Working with Victims

Components of intervention

Working with underserved populations

Chapter 6 The Treatment Plan

A responsive approach

The three phases of treatment

Choosing the right modality

Treatment coordination and case management

Chapter 7 Group Work

John Hamel & Associates batterer intervention program

Special considerations: Severe batterers, women, LGBT populations and ethnic minorities

Chapter 8 Family Systems and Couples Interventions

Research on family violence

Couples counseling: Phases I and II

Couples counseling: Phase III

Chapter 9 Working with Families



Chapter 10 Partner Abuse in Disputed Child Custody Cases

Extent of the problem

Parental alienation



Part IV: Appendices

Appendix A Assessment Forms

Appendix B Victim Safety Plan and Resources

Appendix C Handouts and Exercises for Batterer Intervention Program

Appendix D Handouts and Exercises for High Conflict Family Violence Parent Group

Appendix E 10-Week Couples Group Curriculum