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Barriers to Compliance With Oregon Batterer Intervention Program Standards

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Although standards for batterer intervention programs (BIPs) have been adopted in nearly all U.S. states, there is no evidence that standards are implemented and no information about challenges programs may encounter in efforts to comply with standards. This study uses qualitative survey data from BIPs in the state of Oregon (N = 42) to identify barriers to implementation during a 2-year period following the introduction of state standards. Nine challenges were identified including difficulty finding qualified facilitators, inadequate funding, difficulty meeting training requirements, high workloads, trouble creating and maintaining collaborations, inability to accommodate diverse participant needs, conflict between state standards and county requirements, and perceived gaps between standards and evidence-based practices. These findings inform controversy surrounding BIP standards and efforts to increase BIP effectiveness.
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Keywords: BATTERER INTERVENTION PROGRAMS; INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE; LEGISLATIVE STANDARDS; PERPETRATORS; POLICY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2014

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