Common Purpose, a Boston-based batterer intervention program, has provided domestic violence intervention, treatment and prevention since 1989. The overriding goal of Common Purpose is to create safety freedom from violence and fear for the batterer's partner and children. Men explore the intent and roots of their abuse and learn alternative behavior.
The agency's mission is to work against domestic violence through:
- intervention and education groups for court mandated and self referred batterers
- public education about male violence
- partnerships with court and law enforcement personnel
- outreach to abused partners and children
- training intervention counselors for appropriate agencies
- participating in a coordinated community response including partnerships with police, battered women's shelters, mental health and substance abuse personnel, and child protective service workers.