Probation Interviews with Victims of Battering: Building a Foundation for Current and Future Safety

Published by: James E. Henderson Jr., MSW, Jane Sadusky

The approach to probation interviews with victims of battering presented in this guide is a paradigm shift: from information gatherer to information provider. Instead of measuring a successful interview by how much detail about the assault and trauma a victim has provided—i.e., how useful the victim has been to the probation case—the primary measure is whether a victim leaves the interview with information about the nature of battering, the specific risks she might face, and the community services that will help meet her needs.

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