A survey of Massachusetts Batterer Intervention Programs: Predicting treatment completion

Kerry M. Morrison (1997)

Intervention programs for batterers have existed for over 23 years, yet we are still in the early stages of understanding what factors lead to treatment completion. Knowledge of the circumstances under which batterers complete intervention programs will greatly inform treaters and policy makers alike. A fax methodology was utilized to survey Massachusetts Batterer Intervention Programs. A multiple regression analysis was used to examine the ability of specific sociodemographic characteristics to predict completion in the programs surveyed. A discussion of the political and economic factors that influence and direct batterer intervention programs in Massachusetts was offered to further illuminate the findings. It is hoped that this exploratory study can serve as a platform for future research, and can alert treaters to the factors that may predict program completion.