We know that the month of October is traditionally set aside to raise awareness about domestic violence and prevention. However, recently there have been many articles in the news concerning Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens and domestic violence arrests and deaths in our area. Many people have said that Ray Rice got a slap on the wrist when he was ordered to a Batterer Intervention Program after his incident with his then fiancé.
Batterer Intervention is a viable alternative in sentencing as it provides an opportunity for the abusive person to change his or her abusive behavior. It is a long, costly process that requires accountability and a willingness to examine one’s self. While the abusive person is in group, he is being monitored weekly. It has been found that jail time is not effective as it does nothing to change the thinking of the batterer. Often the batterer will see himself as the victim of the court system and never really take responsibility for his actions.
The attitudes of the offender are about power and control in the relationship and these are learned behaviors. Because they are learned, they can be challenged and changed. This is hard work. Batterer Intervention is an important part of the community effort to end domestic violence.
Gateway's Violence Intervention Program (GVIP) offers a group support program designed to stop family violence by creating a process of change in values and beliefs that support abuse and violence. Referrals are court mandated or voluntary. For more information about GVIP, please call 205-328-6010. If you or a loved one is in immediate danger or involved in a domestic violence situation, we urge you to contact the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s hotline immediately, toll free at 1-800-650-6522
Posted on Wed, September 10, 2014
by Karin Park