|Dear Mental Health Professional/Domestic Violence Treatment Provider:
Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner abuse, is a serious social and mental health problem, often misunderstood and difficult to diagnose and treat. Research indicates that between 36% and 58% of couples in outpatient treatment have experienced an assault by one or both partner in the past year. Accordingly, I would like to share with you, from 30 years of research and clinical experience, some important resources for evidence-based practice. Should you find these useful, please share them with your colleagues:
The 2,657-page Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project is the world’s most comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date database of domestic violence research, available online for free at: www.domesticviolenceresearch.org.
DISCOUNTED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING: www.domesticviolencetrainings.org
These 4 and 8-hour online courses are based on the latest, most reliable social science research and cover a variety of important topics related to the characteristics, causes, consequences, assessment and treatment of relationship abuse. CEUs are available to LCSWs, MFTs, and Licensed Professional Counselors.
John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW, has a Masters in Social Welfare from U.C.L.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Central Lancashire, U.K., and has worked with family violence perpetrators and victims since 1992, and is a court-approved provider of batterer intervention and parent programs in four San Francisco Bay Area counties. He is the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition: Evidence-Based Approaches, (Springer, 20145); co-editor with Tonia Nicholls, PhD, of Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: A Handbook of Gender-Inclusive Theory and Treatment (Springer, 2007); and co-editor of Gender and domestic violence: Contemporary legal practice and intervention reforms (Oxford University Press, 2022)
Mr. Hamel has had dozens of his research articles published in various peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and is Editor-in-Chief of Partner Abuse, a journal published quarterly by Springer Publishing. He regularly speaks at conferences on domestic violence, has trained mental health professionals, victim advocates social service organizations, law enforcement, attorneys and family court mediators, and has provided case consultation and expert witness testimony. He is a founding member of the Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (ADVIP), an organization of mental health professionals and researchers dedicated to evidence-based practice (www.domesticviolenceintervention.net).