Fourteen Strategies for Promoting Abuser Engagement and Accountability

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 12, 2023

David Adams, EdD
Co-Founder and Co-Director,
Emerge, Counseling and Education on Domestic Violence
Zachary Moser
Associate Director
Emerge, Counseling and Education on Domestic Violence

Abuser intervention programs are a bit of a black box to other partners in domestic violence intervention work. During this session, the presenters will describe essential practices and strategies for promoting abuser engagement and accountability, along with how these relate to community partnerships to increase victim safety as well as abuser accountability. While some of the strategies are techniques used in abuser interventions, they are relevant as tools for all first responders and referral sources, such as courts, child welfare, faith leaders, substance abuse and mental health programs, in their interactions with abusers. Emerge is unique among abuser intervention programs in its high number (35%) of non-court referrals. The presenters will describe strategies that have helped to broaden abuser intervention program’s role as a community resource, both in terms of abuser interventions but also in terms of parenting education for fathers and outreach to survivors of abuse.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the essential roles and practices of abuser intervention programs.
  • Identify the elements and stages of abuser accountability.
  • Identify community partnerships with abuser intervention programs to increase abuser accountability and victim safety.

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