The Role of Accountability in Batterers Intervention Programs and Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence

  • Chelsea L. PallatinoEmail author
  • Penelope K. Morrison
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Jessica Burke
  • Patricia A. Cluss
  • Rhonda Fleming
  • Lynn Hawker
  • Donna George
  • Terry Bicehouse
  • Judy C. Chang
Original Article


To describe how stakeholders involved in intimate partner violence prevention and treatment at different levels of the Social Ecological Model view accountability in relationship to the key actors at various levels in the intervention process and their role in addressing future incidence of IPV. We conducted 36 in-depth qualitative interviews with BIP facilitators, IPV advocates, socio-judicial officials, and local and state policy makers. Participants were recruited via snowball sampling and interviews were audiorecorded, transcribed verbatim, and coded in ATLAS.ti. Interviews broadly explored the challenges and best practices in facilitating BIPs, as well as perceptions on the etiology of IPV. The current analysis focuses on participant views related to accountability, and the role that various groups and institutions have in addressing IPV perpetration. Interview participants emphasized a multi-systems level approach to addressing IPV, one that required the responsibility of both programs and judicial systems in establishing IPV as a serious crime, and stressed the need to ensure accountability across all relevant stakeholders engaged in the broader scope of IPV intervention. In order to have a sustainable impact on IPV perpetration, stakeholders across the Social Ecological Model will need to utilize crucial intervention periods using a standardized response to improve outcomes for IPV survivors, perpetrators, families and communities.


Batterer intervention programs Social ecological model Accountability 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chelsea L. Pallatino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Penelope K. Morrison
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Miller
    • 3
  • Jessica Burke
    • 4
  • Patricia A. Cluss
    • 5
  • Rhonda Fleming
    • 6
  • Lynn Hawker
    • 6
  • Donna George
    • 7
  • Terry Bicehouse
    • 6
  • Judy C. Chang
    • 8
  1. 1.Magee-Womens Research Institute, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive SciencesUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biobehavioral Health & Human Development, Penn State New KensingtonNew KensingtonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMCUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Department of Behavioral and Community Health SciencesUniversity of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public HealthPittsburghUSA
  5. 5.Standing Firm: The Business Case to End Partner ViolencePittsburghUSA
  6. 6.Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater PittsburghWomen’s Center and Shelter of Greater PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  7. 7.California University of PennsylvaniaCaliforniaUSA
  8. 8.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and General Internal Medicine, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMCUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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