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4th Edition

Alternatives to Domestic Violence
A Homework Manual for Battering Intervention Groups

ISBN 9781138668430
Published March 29, 2017 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

Alternatives to Domestic Violence, 4th Edition is an interactive treatment workbook designed for use with a wide variety of accepted curricula for domestic violence intervention programs. This new edition adds and revises the exercises and stories in every chapter, covering important topics such as respect and accountability, maintaining positive relationships, good communication, parenting, substance abuse, digital abuse, and sexuality. Chapters on parenting, substance abuse, and religion have also been heavily revised based on current literature and group member feedback. The  chapters provide a comprehensive collection of vital topics, including topics rarely addressed in other curricula, and exercises help the group members learn new strategies for leading a life of cooperation and shared power. Continuing the tradition of past editions, this edition not only focuses on the content of a good BIPP curriculum, but it also stresses the group process elements that form the backbone of any quality approach.

Table of Contents

1. What You Need to Know Before Starting Group: The Road to Change

2. Defining Abuse and Battering

3. Achieving Nonviolence

4. Exploring and Defeating Intimidation

5. Creating a Trusting Relationship

6. Giving and Receiving Respect

7. Accountability: Taking Responsibility for Yourself

8. Maintaining Positive Sexual Relationships

9. Negotiating a Partnership

10. Cooperating Through Good Communication

11. Parenting: How to Relate to Your Children

12. Religion and Domestic Violence

13. The Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Domestic Violence

14. Considerations for Finishing Group




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Kevin A. Fall, PhD, LPC-S, is professor and program coordinator in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University.

Shareen Howard, MS, LPC-S, is the mental health assessment specialist at the Denton County Sheriff's Office in Denton, Texas, where she provides services for inmates.


"Alternatives to Domestic Violence, 4th Edition, provides critical insights into the development and progression of abusive behaviors. Through enlightening exercises, they challenge ingrained beliefs and provide a clear and concise means for individuals to examine their behaviors and make choices about their futures."
Meg Kennedy Dugan, MA, executive director, Voices Against Violence

"Fall and Howard have developed a definitive and indispensable resource to accompany and optimize the outcomes of the complex process of domestic violence treatment programs. The explanations and exercises throughout the book allow both facilitators and group members to tap into and explore the central issues in this treatment protocol more deeply, more personally, and more effectively, leading to enhanced outcomes and greater success rates."
Roger R. Hock, PhD, professor of psychology at Mendocino College, coauthor of It’s My Life Now: Starting Over After Relationship Abuse

"Kevin Fall and Shareen Howard give facilitators abundant exercises specifically designed to produce positive change in battering men. The exercises encourage men to take a deep dive into their rooted power and control beliefs. Used as a complimentary tool alongside a state-approved curriculum and facilitated group discussion, Alternatives to Domestic Violence, 4th Edition, is a solid resource for facilitators working with men to leverage positive change."  
Maria Jose Angelelli, director support to service providers, Texas Council on Family Violence