State Innovation to Prevent the Recurrence of Intimate Partner Violence

September 28, 2021

More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States report experiencing a form of intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetimes, and women of color, especially Indigenous and Black women, report this at higher rates.1 Despite the widespread impact of IPV, public health-oriented programs and initiatives to intervene before violence occurs are not widely available and used, or they are largely understudied and underfunded. Currently, batterer intervention programs (BIPs) serve as the primary intervention for those who cause harm and are designed to hold individuals who cause harm accountable and engage them in changing their behaviors. In California, these programs are mandated and overseen by law enforcement agencies, which results in these programs having a criminal-legal orientation. Over the past several years, other states have innovated in the delivery of BIPs by implementing public health-oriented practices and policies that may have a greater impact on preventing the recurrence of IPV. In this report, we examine these innovative, public health-oriented practices and policies that California could learn from to re-imagine how to prevent IPV across the state.

Read the full report here.