Domestic violence is a serious legal offense that can often lead to a severe injury to the victim. As domestic violence lawyers, we know the consequences of domestic violence can lead to far more severe consequences when it’s left unchecked. Under Florida law, domestic violence is investigated and prosecuted by the District Attorney, and this individual also has the sole discretion of determining whether to prosecute, even against the will of the person attacked.
One of the most associated aspects of aggression in many domestic violence cases is anger. During sentencing, the court will often try to find a method that minimizes a person’s uninhibited anger towards their romantic partner. Do anger management classes help in this regard? The answer may probably shock you. Read on to learn about the true effectiveness of anger management classes as a remedy for domestic violence.
The Abuse Can’t or Won’t Find Their Source of Anger
When an individual enrolls into an anger management class, the sole purpose of this activity is to identify and rectify their behavior. Unfortunately, these classes employ an ineffective strategy of doing so. Often, abusers are told to identify their source of anger and work to suppress it. While this strategy does hold some purpose, it’s blatantly ineffective for the reason that abusers are unable to find their true source of anger.
Abusers may incorrectly examine their source of anger to stem from being provoked, which essentially establishes the fallacy that they simply attack their romantic partner because their “buttons were pushed.” Logical reasoning like this doesn’t help abusers find their source of anger, and it surely doesn’t reduce the chances of this behavior improving after these sessions.
These Classes Don’t Teach from a Domestic Abuse Perspective
Anger management classes are essentially what they’re named. The purpose of these classes is to solve the issue of one’s anger. However, domestic violence is a much deeper issue, especially since the factors at play are indeed anger, but also control and fear.
In addition, anger management classes don’t teach from a domestic abuse perspective. These classes strive to teach abusers how to minimize their anger, rather than prevent these individuals from psychologically and physically controlling their partners.
The Abusers Sinks Further into Denial
One of the most prevalent consequences of court-ordered mediation is that it causes the abuser to further withdraw into denial for abusing their partner. Generally speaking, attending anger management classes can give abusers an excuse to slip back into their previous relationship, placing their partner in significant danger.
For example, you may have heard the oft-used phrase, “Baby, please take me back. You know I have an anger issue.” This phrase admits that the individual has a problem, it doesn’t establish that the person has taken responsibility for their actions and has sought genuine professional help. Thus, these classes allow abusers to receiver a plausible scapegoat to overshadow their true issues.
Anger Control Methods are Easy to Fake
It’s no secret that anger management classes are easy courses for participants. Many anger control techniques can be performed with no serious training, especially if the abuser may not have an underlying anger problem. This is both a problem for the legal system and the victim, mainly because the abuser can establish a false sense of hope that he or she truly recuperated from their court-ordered anger management sessions.
Once the abuser is finished with his or her classes, they can trick their partner into believing that their anger is under control. Afterward, the toxic relationship can resume as it previously had, placing the victim at a greater risk of danger.
These Classes Fool Judges and the Community
For the reasons listed above, anger management classes are not ideal for treating domestic violence. However, at face value, these courses can seem like it’s a plausible solution. When the victim appears in court without any bruises or injuries, the judge will often base their decision on how the victim looks and conclude that the anger management classes worked.
In fact, certain community leaders who refer abusers to these courses will believe that they have done their part for the same reasons. As a result, anger management classes often place the victim at more risk by re-exposing them to the same, unchanged individual.
These Courses Don’t Solve the True Root of Domestic Violence
The root cause of domestic violence is the unrelenting effort to control the actions, feelings, and thoughts of another person by using physical, emotional, and psychological abuse. Conversely, anger management classes teach individuals on how to control their anger through creative means. Therefore, anger management classes are not the solution to domestic violence because it doesn’t identify with its root cause. It’s easy to ascribe an anger issue to a domestic abuser without actually understanding the complicated nature of the true crime.
In short, many judges make the mistake of forcing abusers to attend anger management classes because they believe that these individuals think and behave like normal people. Although there is no chronic illness associated with domestic violence, abusive people have a distinct thought process and behavior that must receive special treatment. For this reason, anger management classes are both ineffective and a tremendous “slap on the wrist” for domestic abusers.
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We believe that domestic violence is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with in a way that helps all parties involved. We also firmly believe that anger management classes are not the solution to domestic violence. If you have been accused of domestic violence in the state of Florida, you need a team of experienced domestic violence attorneys to fight for your rights? Contact the skilled lawyers of Hutchinson & Huffman, P.A. today to learn more about your legal options.