Evidence-based health and well-being for entire populations.

Domestic Violence

Journey to Change, Pro-Change’s domestic violence program is designed as an adjunct to traditional batterer treatment. The program aims to increase readiness to use a range of healthy strategies to stay violence-free. These strategies include:

  • Communicating with one’s partner clearly and respectfully
  • Managing Stress
  • Controlling anger
  • Not abusing drugs or alcohol

The intervention consists of three computer-tailored sessions and a client guide. All computerized content is accompanied by verbatim audio, and the client guide is available as an audiobook on CD. All materials are available in English and Spanish. The computer-tailored intervention is not currently supported, but we are accepting inquires.

Client guides, facilitator guides, and stage of change assessment and scoring tools are available for batterer treatment facilitators who choose not to use the computer tailored intervention but would like to add a stage component to their work.

Printed Manuals

Client Guide Journey to Change: A Guide for Improving Your Relationship and Staying Violence-Free (Client Guide). This workbook uses a stage-based approach to help domestic violence offenders get started on the road to change so they can benefit from traditional group programs. The workbook teaches users about the general principles of behavior change, their current stage of change, and stage-matched processes and strategies they can use to progress to the next stage.

Available in English and Spanish. See our manual order page for details.

Facilitator Guide Journey to Change: Facilitators’ Manual for Using a Stage-Based Approach to Helping Domestic Violence Offenders Improve Their Relationships and Stay Violence-Free.The manual, developed for domestic violence program facilitators who want to use the Journey to Change client guide in their work with offenders, provides:

  • An overview of the four primary dimensions of the TTM
  • An overview of methods for assessing stage of change in domestic violence offenders
  • A description of the stage-based Journey to Change guide and other intervention materials, and how they might be integrated into traditional group treatment
  • Stage-based strategies program facilitators can use to encourage and reinforce change among offenders in each stage of change
  • The Journey to Change client guide

See our manual order page for details.

URICA-DV-R Assessment URICA-DV-R Stage Assessment for Domestic Violence. The 20-item URICA-DV-R assesses domestic violence offenders’ readiness to use healthy strategies to improve their relationship and stay violence-free. Includes a scoring sheet and guidelines for interpretation. See our manual order page for details.

Effectiveness

In a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 492 male domestic violence offenders attending court-mandated batterer treatment were assigned to Usual Care (UC) or UC + Journey to Change. Participants receiving UC + Journey to Change were significantly more likely than UC to be in the Action stage at the end of treatment (52% vs. 26%, respectively), and to seek a range of services outside of group. Based on victim reports, the UC + Journey to Change group was significantly less likely than UC to engage in physical violence during the 12-month follow-up (22% vs. 40%, respectively). Both groups were equally likely to drop out of court-mandated treatment and to have further domestic violence-related police involvement. However, among participants with documented police involvement, the UC + Journey to Change group had lower rates of documented violence (48% vs. 35%) and physical injury (43% vs. 27%).

Related Publications

1.Levesque, D.A., Ciavatta, M.M., Castle, P.H., Prochaska, J.M., & Prochaska, J.O. (2012). Evaluation of a stage-based, computer-tailored adjunct to usual care for domestic violence offenders. Psychology of Violence, 2, 368–684.
2.Levesque, D.A., Driskell, M.M., Prochaska, J.M. & Prochaska, J.O. (2008). Acceptability of a stage-matched expert system intervention for domestic violence offenders. Violence and Victims, 23, 432-445.
3.Levesque, D.A., Gelles, R.J., & Velicer, W.F. (2000). Development and validation of a stages of change measure for men in batterer treatment. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24, 175-199.

4.Levesque, D.A., Velicer, W.F., Castle, P.H., & Greene, R.N. (2008). Resistance among domestic violence offenders: Measurement development and initial validation. Violence Against Women, 14, 158-184.

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