An Expanded Approach to Batterer Intervention Programs Incorporating Neuroscience Research

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Batterer Intervention Programs have been critiqued for failing to incorporate treatment strategies that are supported by neurobiology research. This article reviews findings that have informed the treatment of disorders that are strongly represented among perpetrators of intimate violence, such as addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder, mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. The article argues for an expanded perspective that recognizes the relationships among childhood trauma, emotional regulation impairment, and intimate partner violence. Recommendations and ways to draw on emerging knowledge to invigorate existing programs are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
JournalTrauma, Violence, and Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013



  • batterer intervention programs
  • emotional regulation
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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