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Update: Summary Findings of the Batterer Intervention Task Force

The summary findings of the task force have been compiled and are available to view and print:

Batterer Intervention Task Force

Whether programs for those who commit domestic violence are effective has lately become a topic of exploration. The New Mexico legislature passed a Senate Memorial Bill during the 2015 session to create a task force charged with studying various aspects of these programs, commonly known as offender treatment or batterer’s intervention (BIP) programs.

The task force met monthly between June-November 2015. A final report containing Task Force findings and recommendations (summaries above) was submitted to the Health and Human Services Committee of the NM legislature. The group is co-chaired by Children Youth and Families Department ( CYFD) and the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV).

Experts from across the US and Canada presented their research and information to task force members. A task force steering committee has reviewed, analyzed and summarized the presentations for task force members.

Full presentations and bios for all the speakers from task force meetings are recorded and available here:


Meeting Topics include:

  • What is the current state of BIP in New Mexico?
  • What are the national trends in the study of BIP?
  • Assessment: What tools are best to ensure that offenders are placed in the right kind of service?
  • Curricula: What kind of curricula will best fit NM?
  • Research: What does the current research say about the effectiveness of BIP programs?
  • Role of the criminal justice system: How do criminal justice system practices influence the effectiveness of BIP programs? How can better coordination improve outcomes?

Speakers include:

  • Nicole Westmarland, PhD, Professor of Criminology, Durham University U.K., Director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse.
  • Melissa Scaia, Executive Director & Scott Miller, Blueprint Coordinator for The Duluth Model
  • David Adams, Co-Executive Director & Ted German, Director of Training for the Emerge Program
  • Jeffrie Cape, Charron Services, for the HEAL (Helping Explore Accountable Lifestyles) Program
  • Lettie Prell, Director of Research, Iowa Dept. of Corrections for ACTV (Achieving Change Through Value Based Behavior) 
  • Nancy Halverson, Corrections Unit Supervisor, Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections & Rehabilitation, Minneapolis, MN
  • Marty Sumner, Chief of Police, High Point Police Department, High Point, NC
  • Lynn Stewart, Ph.D., C.Psych, Senior Research Manager, Interventions and Women Offenders Research, Research Branch, Correctional Service Canada
  • Connie Sponsler-Garcia, Training and Technical Assistance Director, Battered Women’s Justice Project
  • Marna Miller, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Washington State Institute for Public Policy
  • Larry Bennett, PhD, LCSW, Professor & South Bend BSW Program Director, Indiana University School of Social Work
  • Ed Gondolf, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Former Research Director and Current Research Associate of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute
  • Etiony Aldarondo, PhD, Provost, Albizu University
  • Gary VanLandingham, PhD, Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
  •  Charles Sallee, Deputy Director of NM Legislative Finance Committee
  • Rebecca Thomforde Hauser, Associate Director, Domestic Violence Programs, Center for Court Innovation
  • Jim Henderson, Technical Assistance Provider, Battered Women’s Justice Project
  • Shaharazad McDowell, Deputy District Attorney, Sixth Judicial District
  • Hon. Tina Garcia, Valencia County Magistrate Court
  • Representatives from NM BIP Programs & Comments from Consuelo Garcia, CYFD DV Unit Offender Services Program Monitor