Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best form of treatment for men who batter?
Because of the need of batterers to be confronted by their peers regarding their belief system, the most effective form of treatment for men who batter is group therapy.
Why can’t marriage therapy be conducted along with group therapy for batterers?
Each of the partners needs to work on their issues individually before marriage therapy. In an abusive relationship, there is an inequality of power that must be changed before marriage therapy can be effective.
What about individual therapy for batterers to work on other issues such as depression or child abuse?
There is a primary need for the batterer to work on issues that deal with power and control. If other issues are dealt with at the same time, the batterer can use that as an excuse for his abusive behavior and never take responsibility for what he has done to his partner. Other group work can also serve as a basis for the untreated batterer to attempt to manipulate and control others in a therapeutic setting. Therefore, other absolutely necessary counseling can be provided but on as limited a basis as possible, such as treatment for depression or schizophrenia.
In other settings, the therapist must always remain cognizant of the additional issues an untreated batterer has. Obviously, regular communication among all treatment providers is essential.
Why do men who batter have to pay for their treatment?
The focus is for the batterer to take full responsibility for his behavior. Part of the responsibility is to pay for his treatment.
Should the batterer and his partner get back together, if separated, before group therapy is concluded?
It is best for the spouse as well as the batterer to complete treatment before the two of them are reunited. Experience dictates that when a couple is reunited, old habits resurface very easily. There should be little or no contact between batterer and spouse during treatment.
Is there a cure for men who batter?
Treatment does not cure batterers. Treatment provides alternatives to abusive behavior. The batterers have the ongoing responsibility to choose alternative behaviors.
Is Anger Management Treatment the same as Domestic Violence Treatment?
Anger Management Treatment does not deal with the underlying issues that result in domestic violence and is therefore not as effective when dealing with batterers. Domestic violence is more than anger. It has an underlying system that supports the belief that there is inequality between men and women. Anger Management Treatment handles only anger, not domestic violence and its underlying beliefs.
What is Anger Management Treatment?
Anger Management Treatment is an effective group therapy approach to assist individuals who are encountering legal difficulties or relationship problems with family, friends, co-workers or the public as a result of their anger.
How do I know if Anger Management Treatment is appropriate?
Each participant undergoes an evaluation process to determine whether or not the individual is appropriate for Anger Management Treatment. Referrals can be from either the court system or on a self-referral basis. Any male or female 18 years old older who has had identified anger-related behaviors that are harmful to themselves or others qualifies for Anger Management Treatment.
Can an individual attend other treatment programs while in Anger Management Treatment?
Given the nature of Anger Management Treatment, it is recommended that other forms of individual counseling or treatment, including substance abuse treatment, be completed prior to entry into Anger Management Treatment. This treatment is not designed to replace more in-depth therapy or counseling, but to assist an individual in identifying the anger triggers and healthy alternatives to these behaviors. Participants are required to abstain from drugs and alcohol throughout the duration of the treatment.
How long is Anger Management Treatment?
If determined appropriate through the evaluation process, an individual will attend weekly two- hour sessions for eight consecutive weeks. The sessions are conducted by a facilitator trained in anger management. Group sizes vary from four to eight participants.
What is the cost of Anger Management Treatment and why do the participants have to pay for the treatment?
There is a one-time evaluation cost and a per-session fee. Contact your local LSSND office for those costs. Part of the focus on anger treatment is taking full responsibility for the behavior, including the cost of treatment.
Is there a cure for people who act violently as a result of their anger?
Treatment does not cure individuals. Participants learn to identify underlying influences and alternative behaviors to hurtful or harmful behavior.
Dennis Larkin, Program Director
1616 Capitol Way
Bismarck, ND 58501