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March 28, 2014 | Webinar

Unclenching their Fists: Lessons Learned from Abusive Men on the Journey to Nonviolence


Casey Corcoran, Sara Elinoff Acker

Date Recorded:

March 26, 2014


This webinar will present two important publications related to men who have used violence in their relationships.  The first part of the webinar will include background and highlights from the “Innovations in Batterer’s Intervention Project” being released by Futures Without Violence this summer.

The second section, led by Sara Elinoff Acker, will present case studies of men who ended their abusive behavior towards their intimate partners and were accountable to those they hurt. These men come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; and all attended batterer intervention programs for a minimum of two years. These men represent the best possible outcome in our intervention efforts with abusers. This webinar will discuss common denominators of their journeys to nonviolence: addressing denial, the development of empathy, the importance of the group environment in fostering change and the different stages and significant turning points in the journey to nonviolence. This webinar is aimed at those who work with families affected by intimate partner abuse, including victim advocates, batterer intervention counselors, protective care social workers, probation officers and psychotherapists.

This webinar is presented by the Defending Childhood Initiative, in partnership with the Office on Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention and Futures Without Violence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Name three distinct stages of change for abusive men.

  • Understand the common pitfalls and roadblocks on the road to nonviolence, including backsliding into abusive behavior.

  • Understand how detailed information about genuine progress toward nonviolence can be empowering for victims.

  • Identify key program elements for effectively working with men who have used violence. Challenges associated with co-location programs and 3 strategies to overcome them.


  • Casey Corcoran, Project Director, Children and Youth Programs –  Futures Without Violence

  • Sara Elinoff Acker, LICSW, Activist and Author