CBHC offers “The Duluth Model,” a 28-week research-based program that creates a process of change. The Duluth Model is the most widely-adopted approach in the world for intervening with men who batter and keeping battered women safer. The Duluth Model has shown great success, coupling a strong, consistent criminal justice system response with men’s nonviolence classes. In fact, research has shown that 68% of men who complete the program have not reappeared in the criminal justice system over a course of eight years.*
The strength of our intervention model comes from basing every intervention firmly on the experience of women who have been battered, coordinating a consistent criminal justice system response for men who batter, and offering these men opportunities for change. The effectiveness of this approach is witnessed by the men who have chosen to change and the women who report they are safer.
The Duluth Model men’s nonviolence program helps facilitate men’s change through a process of critical dialogue. Our facilitators create an open learning environment that respects the men, their experience, and their thinking, but also challenges their entitlement to abuse. Participants are challenged to question the beliefs they each carry about themselves, their partners, and the world. Together, participants and facilitators analyze how men use violence, what beliefs give them permission to control their partners and their children, and the impact of this violence on everyone. The program then explores and practices non-controlling and nonviolent alternatives.