THE CURRICULUM DESIGN

Batterers Intervention Program

 

The Power & Control Wheel

PHYSICAL VIOLENCE SEXUAL

USING COERCION AND THREATS

Making and/or carrying out threats to do something to hurt her, threatening to leave her, to commit suicide, to report her to welfare, making her drop charges, making her do illegal things.

USING INTIMIDATION

Making her afraid by using looks, actions, gestures; smashing things, destroying her property, abusing pets, displaying weapons.

USING EMOTIONAL ABUSE

Putting her down, making her feel bad about herself, calling her names, making her think sheís crazy, playing mind games, humiliating her, making her feel guilty.

USING ISOLATION

Controlling what she does, whom she sees and talks to, what she reads, where she goes, limiting her outside involvement, using jealousy to justify actions.

MINIMIZING, DENYING AND BLAMING

Making light of the abuse and not taking her

concerns about it seriously, saying the abuse didnít happen, shifting responsibility for abusive behavior, saying she caused it.

USING CHILDREN

Making her feel guilty about the children, using the children to relay messages, using visitation to harass her, threatening to take the children away.

USING MALE PRIVILEGE

Treating her like a servant, making all the big decisions, acting like the ďmaster of the castleĒ, being the one to define menís and womenís roles.

USING ECONOMIC ABUSE

Preventing her from getting or keeping a job, making her ask for money, giving her an allowance, taking her money, not letting her know about or have access to family income.

 

Text Box: The educational groups provide the 
participants with information and practical 
tools to CHANGE those values, beliefs, and 
behaviors which provide the foundation for their use of violence.

Objectives of the Curriculum

The program is designed to help stop 
battering by achieving five objectives:

1. To assist the participant to understand his acts 
of violence as a means of controlling the victimís
actions, thoughts, and feelings by examining the 
intent of his acts of abuse and the belief system from which they operate.

2. To increase the participantís willingness to change his actions by examining the negative 
effects of his behavior on relationships, 
partners, children, friends, and himself.

3. To increase the participantís understanding of the causes of violence by examining the cultural and social context in which violence
is used.

4. To provide the participant with practical
information on how to change abusive behavior 
by exploring non-controlling and non-violent ways of relating.

To encourage the participant to become 
accountable to those he has hurt through  
use of violence by encouraging him to 
acknowledge abuse and accept responsibility 
for its impact on partners and others.

The Themes of the Curriculum

Text Box: 	
The curriculum is based on eight themes, each of 
which is explored over a three-week period.  Each theme 
represents an aspect of nonviolent and respectful 
relationships.
THE EQUALITY WHEEL
NON-VIOLENCE
NEGOTIATION AND FAIRNESS
Seeking mutually satisfying resolutions to conflict, 
accepting change, and being willing to compromise.
NON-THREATENING BEHAVIOR
Talking and acting so that she feels safe and
comfortable expressing herself and doing things.
RESPECT
Listening to her non-judgmentally, being emotionally 
affirming and understanding, valuing opinions.
TRUST & SUPPORT
Supporting her goals in life, respecting her right to
 her own feelings, friends, activities and opinions.
HONESTY & ACCOUNTABILITY
Accepting responsibility for self, acknowledging past 
use of violence, admitting being wrong,
communicating openly and truthfully.
RESPONSIBLE PARENTING
Sharing parental responsibilities, being a positive 
non-violent role  model for the children.
SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
Mutually agreeing on a fair distribution of work, 
making family decisions together.
ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP
Making money decisions together, making sure both 
partners benefit from financial arrangements.

NON VIOLENCE

The Equality Wheel identifies behaviors which provide
 the basis for an egalitarian relationship between a man
and a woman, focusing on individual behavior (not on
their behavior as a couple) in order to keep the abusers
looking inward at values and choices rather than at 
those they blame. These are the opposing behaviors to 
those on the Power and Control Wheel.  This Wheel 
offers the participantants a  vision of what individual