Battering men and their male therapists: The different and the similar

Benjamin Bailey, Zvi Eisikovits, Eli Buchbinder

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Abstract

This paper describes the process of change in attitudes of male social workers’ towards themselves and towards their clients who are male perpetrators of partner violence (PV). The process reveals a reconstruction of the therapist’s beliefs concerning key elements in their work related being, such as masculinity, aggression, perception of their clients and their own male identities. The sample includes 15 male social workers that worked with battering men in social services. Data collection was performed through semi-structured interviews. The therapists’ process of questioning the popular and accepted demonization of violent men clarifies what differentiates them from their clients, but also opens an authentic pathway to examining similarities they share as men, without the need to be politically correct or to conform. The implications for practitioners working in batterers’ intervention programs are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-476
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: We greatly appreciate the clinicians who completed the survey and take care of CDH infants. A special appreciation for Dr. Jen Wung, who’s lifetime work made this possible. This work was supported by National Institute of Health grant [HD057036] and was supported in part by Columbia University’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA); grant [UL1 RR024156] from National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/ National Institutes of Health (NCATS-NCRR/NIH) a grant from CHERUBS, a grant from the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. and generous donations from The Wheeler Foundation, Vanech Family Foundation, Larsen Family, Wilke Family and many other families.

Funding Information:
Ethical approval: The research related to human subject use has complied with all the relevant national regulations, and institutional policies, and is in accordance with the tenets of the Helsinki Declaration, and has been approved by the authors’ institutional review board or equivalent committee. Funding source: This work was supported by NIH grant HD057036. Financial Disclosure: The authors have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose. Clinical Trials: NCT00950118. Clinical Trial Registration: NCT00950118. Contributors’ statements: Drs. Needelman, Farkouh-Karoleski, Aspelund and Najaf conceptualized and designed the study, coordinated and supervised data collection, analyzed data, drafted the initial manuscript and approved the final manuscript as submitted. Ms. Wynn coordinated and supervised data collection, analyzed data, drafted the initial manuscript and approved the final manuscript submitted. Dr. Chung provided funding, drafted the initial manuscript and approved the final manuscript submitted. Drs. Stolar, Mychaliska, Warner, Wagner, Cusick, Lim, Schindel, Potoka, Azarow, Cotten, Hesketh, Soffer, Crombleholme, coordinated and supervised data collection, critically reviewed the manuscript and approved the final manuscript as submitted.

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012.

Keywords

  • Batterers
  • Gender identity
  • Male social workers
  • Masculinity
  • Partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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