Cracking the Code on Batterers:…

Understanding Motives & Connection to Risk

Join Us on April 27, 2015

On February 5th, 2014 the Provincial Government announced a new Provincial Domestic Violence Plan as part of a commitment to make British Columbia a safer place for women, children and anyone affected by domestic violence. Following on this initiative, WJS Canada is pleased to bring this 1 day presentation focused on ending family violence, facilitated by Steve and Dorthy Halley of Halley Counseling Services, leaders in the field of batterer intervention for nearly 20 years.

Crackingthe Code on Types of Batterers: Understanding Motives and the Connection to Risk

This presentation will create a new and better understanding of different types of batterers, their motives, behaviours and the dangers they present to their victim and their community. Unlock the mystery of domestic violence, and gain practical information that will change and improve your response.

"I loved the breakdown of motives with specific case study examples – easy to comprehend."

Multi-disciplinary Audience: law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, mental health practitioners, shelter workers, advocates, batterer intervention providers, and all domestic violence professionals.

This presentation “cracks the code” on batterers’ behavior for advocates, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice professionals—providing an understanding of different types of batterers based on motive. Participants will learn how batterers with different motives create different dangers under different circumstances. Audio-visual will be utilized to illustrate the different motivations and risks. Application of this perspective can lead to improved decision-making among professionals and a higher level of safety for victims of domestic violence.

The participant will learn to:

* Identify the different types of batterers, based on motive.
* Identify the different risks and lethality factors linked with the different batterer motive types.
* Understand the link between different motives and effective response and programming.
* Apply the “Motivation Questionnaire Checklist” and “Risk Factor Checklist” to specific scenarios to enhance professional response.
* Identify the link between motive of those who batter and human trafficking

What they are saying about “Cracking the Code……”

“This has by far been the best training I have received regarding the motives and differences between how people batter and how that relates to safety planning and risk/lethality. The video is excellent: both the offenders and the victim section, both illustrate the differences.” --Serena, long time victim advocate, domestic violence trainer, and social worker

“I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your presentation! I feel this information will be greatly beneficial to the work we do with survivors on a daily basis.” --Janene Radke, Executive Director, Family Crisis Services, Inc.

“I found your presentation to be fascinating and useful and look forward to using what you taught about batterer motivations as I approach my domestic violence cases.” --Susan Alig, Assistant District Attorney

“Best DV training have been to in my 20 years of law enforcement!” –Kansas Law Enforcement Officer, 2015

Other Common Comments from Participants…

“By far the best workshop I have attended”

“Possibly one of the best trainings on DV in years”

“Very enlightening”

“This was the best workshop of all”

“Excellent. Wish we could have had more time.”

“Bring the Halley’s Back!”

“Phenomenal information and great presentation”

Dorthy Stucky Halley, LMSW, is the director of the Victim Services Division of the Office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and an expert on domestic violence dynamics and batterers. Halley’s development of a motivation typology for those who batter has opened the door to a new understanding of domestic violence for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, and others working in the domestic violence field. This typology continues to gain recognition. In 2015, Halley provided a presentation about her motivation typology to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Halley started providing services to victims in 1986, and served as executive director of Safehouse, Inc. for more than a decade. During this time, Halley developed a model rural batterer intervention program in the early 90’s, which she continued to operate while teaching social work at Pittsburg State University for another decade, prior to accepting her current position.

In addition to her work on domestic violence, Halley organized the development of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board in Kansas, and served as the first Coordinator. She continues to serve on this board, and chair the Victim Services Subcommittee. For her latest publication, Halley co-authored the chapter “Providing Effective Services to Victims of Human Trafficking: Theoretical, Practical, and Ethical Considerations” in the book Human Trafficking: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 2014.

Halley has served as president of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance (KOVA), and the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (KNASW). She received the KCSDV Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year award in 1996. She has provided more than 1000 presentations on an international, national, state, and local level to more than 20,000 people on batterer intervention, domestic violence, human trafficking, and other topics regarding victimization.

Steven M.S. Halley, LSCSW, is the clinical director of Halley Counseling Services, P.A. and the Director of the Family Peace Initiative (FPI). Having received a bachelor degree in history, and master degrees in both outdoor administration and social work, Halley focused his career on working with individuals and families. For the past 25 years Halley has worked as a wilderness counselor, probation officer, therapist, and batterer intervention provider. His success in understanding and working with those who batter has created high demand for his consultation in new initiatives. He is currently working with the Kansas Department of Corrections, developing their first batterer intervention program within the prison setting, and providing additional innovative programming with the female prison population. He is most recognized by those in the field for his workshop “The Art of Facilitation”, as it takes the practitioner to a new level of expertise in group facilitation. Halley serves on the Kansas Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. He is an avid golfer, songwriter, and along with his wife, Dorthy, authored Halley’s Alley: Commentaries On Marriage, Family, Healthy Relationships, Parenting, Loss, Grief, Trauma, and Domestic Violence.

For more information and to register contact Dawn:

WJS Canada Training Division

Phone: 604-465-5515 x116 Fax: 604-465-5520

Cracking the Code on Batterers: Understanding Motives & Connection to Risk

Monday, April 27th, 9am-4:30pm

7311 Westminster Highway


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8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome

9:10 - 10: 30 Overview, and Understanding Those Who Batter: Survival-Based Motive

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15 Understanding those who Batter: Entitlement and Sadistic-Based Motive, and connections to Human Trafficking

12:15 -1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 Connecting Motive to Risk and Lethality

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45- 4:30 Application of Motive with;

  • Victim
  • Offender
  • Families

4:30 Adjourn