Figure 3-2: Positive and Negative Aspects of Bonding Among Batterers


  • Support for change
  • Amelioration of feelings of isolation; support for communicating experiences with others
  • Help in dealing with crisis
  • Friendships

  • Support for control and dominant behavior over partners
  • Support of counterproductive activities (e.g., having multiple sexual partners)
  • Support of negative parenting activities (e.g., having children by different women)
  • Support for a negative definition of manhood
  • Support for believing he is correct and does not have to negotiate or compromise
  • Access to information on how to violate laws such as orders of protection
  • Use of alcohol and other drugs
  • Opportunity to participate in "gripe sessions"-tirades against women under their control
  • Reinforcement of perceived victim status

From: Chapter 3 -- Batterers: An Overview

Cover of Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence
Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence.
Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 25.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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