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Understanding Domestic Batterer Thinking Patterns

Understanding Domestic Batterer Thinking Patterns

  • Dr. Richard Johnson
    Chief Academic Officer
  • Webinar, N/A
  • Jul 25, 2023
Course Length:
  • 2-hour
Registration Fee:
    • $125.00 for the first attendee – $75.00 per each additional attendee

In the wake of the recent pandemic, many states have reported a surge in intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence. Law enforcement agencies are responding to more family violence calls, and courts and community corrections agencies are processing more domestic violence offenders than before. Domestic batterer motives and methods of offending differ in many ways from that of other types of violent or property offenders. Having a clearer understanding of how these offenders think and behave can increase public safety, increase convictions, and decrease future offending through proper treatment and supervision options.

This webinar is designed for law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys, and community corrections professionals who deal with domestic violence offenders. This webinar course will introduce attendees to the psychological and criminological research on domestic batterer typologies, the different factors influencing each batterer type’s behavior, and how each batterer responds differently to arrest and treatment. It will address the flawed thinking patterns of all four batterer types and examine the continuum of control behaviors batterers apply to control their victims. This information will prove useful for criminal investigations, prosecutions, community supervision, and treatment involving domestic batterers.

The course instructor, Dr. Richard Johnson, served a career addressing issues of family violence. He responded to domestic violence incidents and investigated domestic violence crimes as a military police officer with the U.S. Air Force, as a trooper with the Indiana State Police, and as a sworn criminal investigator in the domestic violence unit of the Kane County State’s Attorney Office in Illinois. He served as an intensive DV probation officer with the Illinois 16th Judicial Circuit and as a trainer for law enforcement and community corrections responses to family violence. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Johnson served as a faculty member with the University of Toledo and the University of Michigan Dearborn where he has conducted extensive research on issues of domestic violence. Dr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy / criminal justice from Indiana University at South Bend, a master’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University, and a doctorate in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.      

Course Topics Covered:

  • Importance of understanding batterer thinking patterns
  • The Holtzworth-Munroe batter typology
  • Family-only batterer characteristics
  • Dysphoric batterer characteristics
  • Generally violent / antisocial batterer characteristics
  • Low-level antisocial / sociopathic batterer characteristics
  • How each batterer type responds to criminal justice system contact
  • How each batterer type responds to rehabilitation efforts
  • Narcissism characteristics versus low self-esteem characteristics
  • The batterer ‘Power and Control Wheel’
  • The batterer ‘Continuum of Control’


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