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Why Individual Therapy is Not Appropriate for Batterers  

Author:  Gus B.  Kaufman, Jr., Ph.D..

Source: Volume 05, Number 03, February/March 2000 , pp.35-36(2)

Domestic Violence Report

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Many people, especially therapists, have criticized the policy of Men Stopping Violence (MSV) of expecting men to forego individual therapy while in the six-month primary batterer intervention class. They have called such policy puzzling, non-therapeutic, and even punitive. These critics may have come to understand that couples therapy (and mediation) are not safe interventions after a man has abused a woman, but they do not see why he should not be allowed individual therapy while in batterer treatment class. This article defends the policy.

Keywords: battering not a private matter

Affiliations:  1: consultant and activist.

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