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
Unfortunately, the Journey to Change computerized tailored intervention and all supporting materials are not currently available.
If you are interested in the URICA-DV measure, please contact the measure’s developer, Dr. Deborah Levesque. Dr. Levesque is currently a Weitzman Institute Senior Research Scientist at the Community Health Center in Connecticut.
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%).