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Domestic Violence Offender Program Standards

Guiding Principles

1. Domestic violence is illegal and will be treated as a criminal act under the law.

A. True

B. False


2. The actions on the part of an offender intended to demonstrate the complete acceptance of responsibility for abusive conduct and beliefs in an effort to restore the victim, which may include paying all costs arising from the violence, and acknowledging to the victim, friends, and family the wrongfulness of the abusive behaviors, is known as:

A. Collusion

B. Restitution

C. Indemnification

D. Critical incident

Program Content

3. The primary goal of the domestic violence offender program, which takes priority over other intervention objectives, is to:

A. Stop violent and abusive behaviors.

B. Emphasize the accountability of the individual offender.

C. Educate participants.

D. Teach skills that support a non-violent lifestyle and promote healthy relationships.

4. At a minimum, which of the following areas should be included in the domestic violence offender program and addressed by the facilitators?

A. Define and discuss the dynamics of power and control.

B. Discuss and address erroneous beliefs regarding male entitlement, cultural issues with male privilege, and traditional sex role stereotypes.

C. The importance of accepting responsibility for using abusive, violent, coercive, and/or controlling behaviors and words.

D. All of the above.

5. The program should emphasize that lasting behavioral changes is the measure of successful completion of the program, not simply finishing a certain number of sessions, and that completion of a domestic violence offender program is not a guarantee that their abuse will stop.

A. True

B. False

6. There should be discussion and skill building around the ability to:

A. Listen and respond demonstrating respect for others.

B. Identify and express feelings respectfully.

C. Delay gratification and manage anxious and jealous feelings.

D. All of the above.

Prohibited Approaches

7. Which of the following methods is strictly prohibited?

A. A method that reinforces the offender’s denial of responsibility for the abusive behavior.

B. A method that places blame for the offender’s abusive behavior on anyone other than the abusive person.

C. A method that supports the offender’s sense of entitlement to abuse or control the victim.

D. All of the above methods are strictly prohibited.

8. Approaches that emphasize the containment of negative emotions, the displacement of negative emotions, and/or cathartic expressions of emotions are considered optimal methods for managing negative emotions.

A. True

B. False

9. Couples therapy, marriage and/or family therapy are appropriate as primary interventions for offenders.

A. True

B. False

10. Psychoanalytic and/or psychodynamic approaches and related mechanisms that emphasize early childhood experience and/or unconscious processes as the primary cause of abuse may lessen the offender’s responsibility for the abuse and impede required behavioral change.

A. True

B. False

Approach to Program Delivery

11. During all interactions with participants, program staff shall maintain a focus on _____ behavior.

A. Offender

B. Victim

C. Both (A) and (B)

D. None of the above

Program Intake Procedures

12. The intake and assessment procedures are intended to:

A. Determine an individual’s appropriateness for the program.

B. Assess factors associated with risk, need, and potential responsiveness relevant to the program.

C. Both (A) and (B).

D. None of the above.

Participant Records

13. Participant information shall contain, as a minimum standard, all of the following information, except for:

A. Date of initial contact / intake.

B. Emergency contact information, even if it is the abused partner.

C. Payment schedule.

D. Documentation of any refusal to provide requested information or to sign authorization or release forms.

14. A program may deny or limit a participant’s access to their record under which of the following circumstances?

A. The program determines that the disclosure of the records is reasonably likely to endanger the life or safety of the participant or another person.

B. The program will not disclose information provided to the program by any other source.

C. When the program determines that the information was compiled by the program in reasonable anticipation of, or for use in, a civil, criminal, or administration action or proceeding involving the program.

D. Any of the above.

Participant Accountability Plan

15. If it is in the best interest of the participant and their abused partner’s relationship, the terms of the accountability plan may include conduct that violates the terms of a court order or other legally binding obligation.

A. True

B. False

Provider Ethics

16. Agencies employing staff to provide direct services to domestic violence offenders are obligated to provide initial ethics training for all staff and on-going training as part of supervision for all direct service staff.

A. True

B. False

Duty to Warn

17. As required by state law, any imminent risk of harm posed by a program participant must result in direct and timely notification of _____ by the program provider.

A. Law enforcement

B. The victim

C. Both (A) and (B)

D. None of the above

Provider Responsibility to Staff

18. Staff working directly with domestic violence offenders must meet which of the following initial requirements to ensure the quality and effectiveness of services provided?

A. A Master’s degree in a relevant field of study.

B. A license from the Department of Public Health.

C. A minimum of 40 hours of didactic training on domestic violence and offender services.

D. All of the above.

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