Books & Articles

Over the years, Emerge staff have written various articles on many different topics. These articles may be useful for research papers, outreach, or as helpful tools for specific abuser group issues. All articles are listed by publishing date. If you have additional questions about a specific article, please call our office or send us an e-mail.

"Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners"

by David Adams

Moving backwards from the murders they committed through their adult lives, relationship histories, and their childhoods, the author sought to understand what motivates men to kill. The patterns he found reveal that the murders were neither impulsive crimes of passion nor were they indiscriminate.

Why Do They Kill? is the first book to profile different types of wife killers, and to examine the courtship patterns of abusive men. The author shows that wife murders are not, for the most part, “crimes of passion,” but culminations of lifelong predisposing factors of the men who murder, and that many elements of their crimes are foretold by their past behavior in intimate relationships. Key turning points of these relationships include the first emergence of the man’s violence, his blaming of the victim, her attempts to resist, his escalation, her attempts to end the relationship, and his punishment for her defiance.

Critical perspective on the men’s accounts comes from interviews with
victims of attempted homicide (standing in for the murder victims) who
survived shootings, stabbings, and strangulation. These women detail
their partner’s escalating patterns of child abuse, sexual violence,
terroristic threats, and stalking. The section on help-seeking patterns
of victims helps to dispel notions of “learned helplessness” among

288 pages ~ $25

"Treatment Programs for Batterers"

by David Adams

Provides an overview of batterer intervention programs in the United
States and Canada. Includes sections on program goals and techniques
that address those goals. Last section discusses program innovations
such as danger assessments, program adaptation for special populations,
parenting education and strategies for reducing client attrition.
[Published in Clinics in Family Practice, Volume 5, Number 1, March 2003]

18 pages ~ $3.50    

"Emerge: A Group Education Model for Abusers"

by David Adams & Susan Cayouette

Book chapter succinctly describes Emerge’s program philosophy
and provides detailed information about staffing, intake procedures,
communication with victims and referral sources, and psycho-educational
program curriculum. Final sections also discuss criteria for program
completion, cultural competence and community collaborations.
[Published in Programs for Men Who Batter: Intervention and Prevention
Strategies in a Diverse Society.
Aldarondo, E. & Mederos, F. (editors)
Civic Research Institute. Kingston, NJ, 2002]

33 pages ~ $4    

"Running Batterer Groups for Lesbian & Bisexual Women"

by Susan Cayouette

Looks at Emerge’s process developing a lesbian battered group and
issues specific to running lesbian group.
[Published in Same-sex domestic Violence, edited by Beth Leventhal
& Sandra E. Lundy, 1999]
9 pages ~ $2.50    

"Safety Issues for Female Group Leaders"

by Susan Cayouette

Examines three levels of safety concerns for women: working with
batterers, working with male Co-leaders and working within a male run
[Published in Working With Men for Change, edited by
Jim Wild, 1999]

13 pages ~ $3    

"Guidelines for Doctors on Identifying and
Helping Their Patients Who Batter "

by David Adams

Provides guidelines for physicians on identifying, educating and
referring their patients who batter.
[Published in Journal of American Medical Women’s Association,
Vol. 51(3) May/July, 1996]

5 pages ~ $1.50    

"In the Client’s Best Interest:
An Attorney’s Guide to Clients Who Batter"

by David Adams & Stephen Russo

Provides guidelines for attorneys who represent batterers. Includes
a brief profile of batterer characteristics, their tendencies when
facing legal actions, and advice for attorneys on how to decrease
the odds of further abuse and help their clients recognize their
long-term interests. Discusses characteristics of state-certified
batterer intervention programs.
[Published in S. Swihart (editors) Florida Domestic Violence Law,
Tallahassee: FL: Florida Bar, 1996]

5 pages ~ $1.50    

"Coerced Treatment: A Contradiction in Terms?"

by David Adams

Describes the development, rationale and features of
court-mandated treatment for batterers. Includes discussion of
confidentiality and victim safety as well as roles for informed
[Published in Massachusetts Psychological Association Quarterly
38(4), 1995]

3 pages ~ $1    

"Guidelines for Talking to Abusive Husbands"

by David Adams

Provides guidelines for clergy and mental health workers
on identifying and talking with men who batter. Includes
discussion of common excuses by batterers.
[Published in Family Violence and Religion an Interfaith
Resource Guide,
Volcano, CA: Volcano Press, 1995]

3 pages ~ $1     

"Working With Lesbian Batterers"

by Susan Cayouette & Beth Leventhal

Looks at general issues around lesbian battering, including
identification of victims and perpetrators, characteristics of
batterers. Includes discussion of counseling batterers individually,
in couples and in groups.
[Published in Massachusetts Psychological Association Quarterly
38(4) January, 1995]

3 pages ~ $1    

"Historical Timeline of Medical and Psychological

Responses to Battered Women"

by David Adams

Annotated historical timeline of key developments in medical
and mental health establishment responses to violence against
women in the US from the mid 1800′s, leading to the development
of the battered women’s movement.
[Unpublished, Emerge, 1992]

3 pages ~ $1    

"Empathy and Entitlement: A Comparison of Battering

and Non-battering Husbands"

by David Adams

Research study compares fifteen battering husbands to an equal
number of non-battering husbands, specifically looking at their
attitudes toward women and expectations on their wives. This
study also includes extensive data from these men’s wives. The
study finds significant differences between abusive and non-abusive
husbands in their sense of empathy and entitlement.
[Doctoral Dissertation, Counseling Psychology Department, Northeastern
University, 1991]

165 bound pages ~ $20    

"The Addicted or Alcoholic Batterer"

by Susan Cayouette

Discusses the special problems of identifying and treating the abusive
man who also has a drug or alcohol problem, including those involved in
12 step recovery programs. Special attention is devoted to safety
considerations for battered women whose partners are involved in
drugs or alcohol.

[Published by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1990]

6 pages ~ $2     

"Feminist-Based Interventions for Battering Men"

by David Adams

More detailed description of the pro-feminist educational approach
used with battering men. Describes various group techniques used
by proponents of this model with a particular emphasis on confrontation
of abuse exercises. Includes criteria for evaluating the impact of
batterer’s programs on victims, perpetrators and the community.
[Published in L. Caesar & K. Hamberger (editors), Therapeutic
Interventions with Batterers: Theory and Practice.
New York:
Springer, 1989]

25 pages ~ $3.50    

"Counseling Men Who Batter:
A Pro-Feminist Analysis of Treatment Models"

by David Adams

Describes and contrasts five different treatment approaches
to battering men. These include the insight, ventilation, family
systems, cognitive-behavioral, and pro-feminist models. Includes
discussion of each model’s modalities and techniques. Also available
in Spanish.
[Published in K Yllo & M. Bograd (editors), Feminist Perspectives
on Wife Abuse,
Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1988]

27 pages ~ $3.50