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Changing Violent Men

The overlap of the criminal justice system response to domestic violence, batterers’ intervention programs and faith-based supports and services offers great potential for facilitating change amongst men of faith.

As we struggle to understand the causes of wife abuse, and to work towards ending, or at the very least reducing this criminal behaviour, the collaboration of the sacred and the secular offers great potential. In attempting to change the thinking and behaviour of violent religious men there are really three components – faith, batterers’ intervention programs and the criminal justice response to wife abuse – that appear to fit together like three-dimensional pieces of a puzzle. The piece that has been missing in both research and practice is the faith component, which can be very powerful in bringing hope to all the parties involved.

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