The STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse

Group Leader's Manual

David B. Wexler (Author)

Overview | Contents

Group leader's manual for treating women who abuse their partners.

Long disregarded and downplayed, female domestic violence is today rapidly gaining awareness as research proves not only that it exists, but that—according to multiple incidence studies—the frequency of women abusing men is much higher than we ever knew. While certain core elements of intimate partner violence are shared among all domestic violence offenders, female offenders face unique triggers, personal backgrounds, and relationship dynamics. The STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse is the most innovative and comprehensive manual to address domestic violence treatment specifically to female offenders, with a program targeted to engage women in their own healing process. This program will radically change the landscape for treatment of women who abuse.

This comprehensive instruction manual for group treatment offers therapists, social workers, and other counselors sound, psychologically-based interventions to reach the very women who often seem unapproachable in a treatment setting. Developed and field-tested for over twenty-five years among military and civilian populations, the program provides a skill-building approach to address the core elements of all intimate partner violence as well as the aspects that are unique to female offenders. Participants are held responsible for their actions—and pushed to examine the complex roles of trauma, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem deficits, and histories of personal victimization in their relationship struggles.

Presented in a 26-week or 52-week psychoeducational format, the group leader’s manual is packed with teaching methods, skills-training exercises, articles, video clips, and other resources, as well as guidelines for addressing the substance abuse issues which frequently exacerbate female domestic violence. Accompanying handouts and homework for participants (sold separately) provide structure for recovery both within the sessions and at home. Order and learn more about the handouts and homework here.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-71148-6
  • 8.1 × 10 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“David Wexler understands the importance of developing scientifically proven and accessible programs aimed at a specific population. . . . [A] very useful manual for programs providing education on domestic violence, anger management, abuse, and sexual violence. . . . [A] wonderful first step in teaching clients how to have healthy engagement within their relationships.” — PsychCentral

“Finally! We have needed a program for recognizing and helping with female domestic violence for decades. Just talking about it is an immense contribution. A clinically sensitive and thorough intervention is a miracle. David Wexler has made an enormous contribution. This book is a must-read!” — John Gottman, author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

“Once again, David Wexler has offered a practical, comprehensive, gender-sensitive handbook on how to treat individuals who are aggressive and abusive—now with evidence-based interventions for the long overlooked population of women who abuse. This group leader's manual and the accompanying handouts and homework will be of great value to all clinicians. Kudos to David Wexler!” — Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention

“David Wexler brings his considerable experience and expertise to the treatment of abusive, violent women in this straightforward and user-friendly manual. It will be invaluable not only for the beginning practitioner but also informative to the seasoned facilitator of groups for women. Highly recommended.” — Ellen L. Bowen, LCSW, BCD, Co-founder of NOVA Non-Violent Alternatives, author of Domestic Violence Treatment for Abusive Women — A Treatment Manual

“With Wexler’s comprehensive intervention approach, a previously poorly understood population is now given new hope through understanding the reasons, reactions, and responses to female aggression and its etiology—paving the way for effective treatment. This step-by-step manual will guide new or seasoned professionals alike in aiding the recovery of a new frontier of IPV population. Well done!” — Sandra L. Brown, MA, The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education

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