Ph.D., 1994, École de service social, University of Montreal, Canada
MSW, 1984, School of Social Work, McGill University, Canada
BSW, 1974, School of Social Work, McGill University




Over seven years of graduate and undergraduate university teaching.

Specialized training in providing on-line (distance) education via the Internet.

Training in postmodern, narrative counseling methods.

Training in community organization work with the Montreal Council on Social Development, the Greater Montreal Anti-Poverty Coordinating Committee, and McGill University, School of Social Work.

Training in the use of brief therapy (Steve de Shazer and Jane Parker).

Specialized training in facilitating group treatment for abusive male partners with Emerge of Massachusetts and the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (D.A.I.P.) of Minnesota. Additional experience acquired through narrative psychology workshops in this field.

Trainer’s workshop on teaching staff in collaboration with the Texas Protection Service Training Institute.

Training in social change through non-violent resistance.

Completed course with project of the Anti-Defamation League on effective teaching to counter prejudice and discrimination linked with ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.


1984 Outstanding Master of Social Work Student Award, McGill University

1976 Bachelor of Social Work with Honors, McGill University



  • Family violence intervention
  • Issues in community corrections
  • Men’s issues in social work
  • Dating violence prevention
  • Juvenile sex offender programs and prevention
  • Globalization and its impact on social work
  • Environmental / ecological issues and social change


2002 — present: Sociology Instructor, Kwantlen University College, Surrey, British Columbia (Canada)

1995 — 2001: Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas (U.S.A.)

1992: Lecturer at the University of Quebec, Rouyn-Noranda (Canada)

1988-1993: Staff development trainer. Independent contractor to health, social service, and justice agencies.


Graduate level

  • Sociology of Gender, Culture, Human Development and Society
  • Social Work Practice
  • Micro Methods: Individuals, Families and Groups
  • Confronting Oppression (Human Behavior In The Social Environment)
  • Intervention Skills Lab
  • Family Violence


Click here to view Safety Audit Report available online at B.C. Institute Against Family Violence*

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Click here for summary of North American research on program standards for domestically violent offenders

Principal Investigator conducting community safety audit of police communications center on intervention in domestic violence call-taking and dispatching. Government of Canada grant of $45,000. (See “Safety Audit Report” link above to view online)

2000 -2001

Co-Principal Investigator in collaboration with the Texas Council on Family Violence. Externally-funded domestic violence study to implement comprehensive services for all counties in the state of Texas. Grant was for $160,000.


Co-Principal Investigator. Externally-funded evaluation of a juvenile sex offender treatment program in collaboration with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. Grant was for $20,000.

1999 -2000

Co-Principal Investigator in collaboration with the Texas Council on Family Violence. Externally-funded consumer audit of Texas domestic violence resources in four communities. Grant was for $80,000.


Principal Investigator. Impact evaluation of Texas State guidelines for batterers intervention and prevention programs. University of Houston Research Initiation Grant of $8,000. in collaboration with the Texas Council on Family Violence.

1997 (3 months)

Co-principal Investigator. Survey and analysis of U.S. state guidelines for batterers’ intervention and prevention programs. Contract from (U.S.) National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRC)
-a project of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Click on Center for display of findings). $4,000. grant


Principal Investigator. In-depth program evaluation of a pilot project men’s crisis centre as an outreach service of a shelter for battered women. Contract from Canadian Government, Solicitor General’s Office, Secretariat, Corrections, Ottawa, Ontario. Total funding was for $50,000.


Principal Investigator. Exploring accounts of wife abuse and varying clinical practices by counsellors who work with batterers in six Canadian provinces Supported with a grant from Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. $5,000. grant

Additional Research Experience

Assisted in the administration of first national survey on dating violence funded by Health & Welfare Canada, under the direction of Dr. Walter DeKeseredy of Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (1992).

Under sub-contract with the École de service social of the University of Montreal as assistant researcher to conduct the first province-wide study of programs designed for abusive men (1987).


Coordinator, British Columbia (Canada) Jan. – July, 1995

Program coordinator to the John Howard Society (Kamloops, B.C.) of the family violence intervention program for the Thompson Region, developing and implementing all aspects of the program in collaboration with other community-based resources, B.C. Corrections, Attorney General, and the Ministry of Women’s Equality.

Individual counselling to referred clients and group co-facilitator of program for men who assault their intimate partners and women in difficulty with the law.

Social Worker, Quebec (Canada)

Clinical Practitioner 1976 – 1993

CLSC La Presqu’ île,Vaudreuil, Québec and CSS Richelieu, Valleyfield, Québec (Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services)

–Counseled single adults, families, and youth with a multidisciplinary health and social service team at a local community service centre (CLSC) on problems ranging from interpersonal difficulties to inadequate material and social needs.

–Helped design and implement programs for abusive male partners.

–Child protection services providing psycho-social counselling and family preservation to biological parents as well as support to foster families and group home parents where placements were required. Counselling formats used included individual, family and group.

Community Advocate 1984 – 1985

–Co-managed health and social service committee for Quebec Civil Liberties Union (Ligue des droits et libertés), in Montréal, Québec, which included developing organizational policy; investigating individual cases of human rights violation reports involving clients and providers of health and social services; intervening to help resolve their conflicts; writing articles pertaining to these matters in agency’s newsletter, and assisting with press conferences and convening members’ meetings.

Community Organizer 1971 – 1974

–Helped establish and develop a “citizens’ group” of welfare and low income inner-city dwellers in Montreal. Engaged in advocacy and social action work, organizing around welfare rights and related anti-poverty issues.

–Designed, implemented and managed several make-work projects funded by the Federal Government for welfare and low-income citizens in addition to immigrants of primarily Greek and Portuguese origins. Task included conceptualizing and writing project submissions, progress and final reports, and managing up to 25 workers hired through these projects.


Workshop organizer and facilitator

November, 2001, Vancouver, B.C. Presented paper and facilitated workshop on what gay men report in a domestic violence audit with implications for practice at B.C. Association of Counsellors of Abusive men.

March, 2001, Dallas, Texas. Presented paper at Council of Social Work Education APM titled: Partner Abuse Group Treatment: Lessons from Feminist-Psychoeducational and Narrative-Poststructuralist Practices.

September, 2000, Austin, Texas. Co-facilitated workshop designed to provide a forum for group facilitators working with domestic violence offenders. Texas Council on Family Violence, 19th Statewide Conference.

November, 1999, Houston, Texas. Presented session titled “Working with domestic violence perpetrators: Evolving standards, persistent controversy, and implications for social workers” at NASW/Texas Twenty-Third Annual State Conference.

May, 1998 through December, 2000. Designed and facilitated with CPS practitioner numerous workshops titled “Strategies for working with domestic violence offenders” for the Texas Protective Services Training Institute (formerly Child Protective Services Institute) in Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Lubbock, McAllen, Midland, Houston, Jasper, San Antonio, and Tyler.

October, 1997, Houston, Texas. Co-facilitated “Forum for batterers intervention and prevention program facilitators” at the annual conference of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

November 1996. One-day intensive workshop on “Counseling domestic violence perpetrators,” Continuing Education Department of the University of Houston, Texas.

October 1993. Designed and led workshops on two occasions at Urban Native Education Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Topic: “Ethno-cultural sensitive intervention with abusive intimate partners.”

March, 1991. Led workshop at symposium on counselling issues with men which was organized jointly by Human Training & Research and the Ontario Ministry of Community & Social Services in Peterborough, Ontario

May, 1991. Led workshop on intervention with wife abusers at 9th Annual Congress of the Quebec Professional Association of Social Workers

November, 1990. Presented intervention strategies with abusive male partners to correctional workers organized by Quebec Ministry of Public Security

Consultant and Resource Person

2002-present. Consultant to the (U.S.) Center for Disease Control (Injury Prevention Division) as advisory committee member with panel of experts examining rehabilitation through domestic violence offender programs (community corrections).

1996-1999. Appointed to serve on Batterers’ Intervention and Prevention Program Committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence

1996-1999. Invited to serve with Harris County (Texas) Coordinating Committee on Domestic Violence

1991-1992. Appointed by the Federal Ministry for the Status of Women to the Advisory Council of the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women

1990-1992. Appointed to serve on Quebec working committee on research and program evaluation in the field of domestic violence

1988-1990. Gave numerous information sessions on re-educational work with wife abusers at four different transition houses for battered women in the greater Montreal region and in Wakefield, Quebec

September, 1989. Principal speaker at regional conference on intervention with abusive male partners in Chicoutimi, Quebec, organized by social workers’ association and the Université du Québec

July, 1989. Workshop facilitator for Health Canada’s National Forum on Family Violence held in Ottawa

June, 1989. Session organizer and discussant jointly with Dr. G. Walker (Social Work, Carleton University) at Learneds meetings with Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA) on family violence, Laval University, Quebec City

June and September, 1989. Resource person to committee on family violence for Canadian Council on Social Development, Ottawa

Media appearances, interviews

Interviewed for a special Weeknight Edition telecast on October 27, 1999 on Houston Public Television KUHT -TV regarding intervention with domestic violence offenders.

1997. Invited guest speaker on two separate programs with Pacifica Radio in Houston on implications of the men’s movement.

1987-1993 Invited speaker on wife abuse or interviewed on same topic in relation to news events by major Canadian media organizations, including: CBC, Radio Canada, Radio Québec, and Télévision Quatre Saisons. Consulted for the production of Women Who Kill (their abusive husbands) for the National Film Board. Similarly gave numerous interviews for the printed media.


Refereed articles

Augusta-Scott, T. & Dankwort, J. (2002). Partner abuse group intervention: Lessons from Feminist-Psychoeducational (FP) and Narrative-Constructionist (NC) approaches. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17(7), 783-805.

Dankwort, J. and Rausch, R. (2000). Men at work to end wife abuse in Quebec: A case study in claims making. Violence Against Women, 6 (9), 936-959.

Dankwort, J. and Austin, J. (1999). Standards for batterer programs in Canada: A history and review. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health,18(1), 19-38.

Austin, J. and Dankwort, J. (1999). Standards for batterer programs: A review and analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 14 (2), 144-160.

Austin, J. and Dankwort, J. (1999). The impact of a batterers’ program on the lives of women partners. Violence Against Women., 5 (1), 25-42.

Dankwort, J. and Austin, J. (1997). A Review of standards for batterer intervention programs. Violence Against Women Network (VAWnet). Can be viewed online at:

Dankwort, J. (1992). Violence against women: varying perceptions and intervention practices with woman abusers. Intervention, (Journal of the Quebec Corporation of professional social workers), 92 (Summer).

Dankwort, J. (1991). Intervention with wife abusers: conceptual trends and practice dilemmas. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 28 (Winter), 59-86.

Dankwort, J. (1988). Programmes pour les hommes batteurs: une question de responsabilité Intervention, 79 (March), 73-83.

Dankwort, J. (1988). The challenge of accountability in treating wife abusers: a critique from Quebec. Canadian Review of Community Mental Health, 7 (2) (Fall), 103-117.

Dankwort, J. (1988). Une conception alternative de la violence conjugale: vers une intervention efficace auprès des hommes violents. Service Social 37, (1 & 2), 86-119.

Dankwort, J. and Gagnon, N. (1984). Réglementation des travailleurs sociaux. Canadian Social Work Review, 53-80.

Dankwort, J. (1984). Regulating social workers: the subordination of the profession to its industrial relations’ system. Intervention, 69 (July), 110-125.

Chapters in edited books

Dankwort, J. and Rausch, R. (2002). Men at work to end wife abuse in Quebec: A case study in claims making. In McKenna, K. M.J. & Larkin, J. (Eds.) Violence Against Women: New Canadian Perspectives Toronto: Inanna Publications & Education Inc.

Dankwort, J. (Re)forming Men Who Batter: The Growth and Influence of Batterer’s Programs” (1998). In Bonnycastle, K.D. and Rigakos, G. (Eds.) Unsettling Truths: Battered Women, Policy, Politics And Contemporary Canadian Research. Toronto: The Collective Press

Dankwort, J. (1991). Détourner la violence conjugale? Vers une intervention efficace auprès des hommes violents. In Weltzer-Lang, D. and Filiod, J.P. (Eds.), Des Hommes et du Masculin (Bulletin d’Information des Études Féminines et le Centre d’Études Féminines de l’université de Provence), Lyon, France: Presses Universitaires de Lyon.

Articles in non-refereed journals

Dankwort, J. (1989). Quatre conceptions de la violence conjugale. Avalanche (Bulletin de liaison du Regroupement provincial des maisons d’ hébergement et de transition pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale), 4 (12) (February), 21-25.

Dankwort, J. (1989). Wife batterers: charge them or treat them? Out of court, out of mind? Perception (Canadian Council of Social Development magazine), 13 (3) (Summer), 17-19.

Dankwort, J. (1988). Programs for men who batter: A snapshot. Vis-à-Vis (national newsletter on family violence published by the Canadian Council on Social Development), 6 (2) (Summer).

Technical reports

Rondeau, G., Gauvin, M. and Dankwort, J. (1989). Les programmes québécois d’aide aux conjoints violents: Rapport sur seize organismes existants au Québec, Février 1989. (Available upon request from: Gouvernement du Québec, Direction générale de la Planification et de l’Évaluation, MSSS, 1075 chemin Sainte-Foy, 3e étage, Québec, QC., G1S 2M1, Canada.)

Dankwort, J., and Austin, B. (1995). Final Report of the Men’s Crisis Service – A Project of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Solicitor General of Canada, Research and Program Development, Secretariat, Ottawa, ON. (Available from National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Health Canada, Finance Building, Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa, ON. K1A 1B4, Canada.)

Book reviews

Dankwort, J. (1991). Review of Sandra Horley’s The Charm Syndrome (London, England: Papermac, Macmillan Publishers Limited, 1991). Family Violence & Sexual Assault Bulletin, 7 (3),12.

Dankwort, J. (1985). Review of Frédéric Lesemann’s Services and Circuses: Community and the Welfare State (Black Rose Books, Montreal, 1984). Intervention, 71 (May): 100-104.

Doctoral thesis

Dankwort, J. (1994). Counsellors’ accounts of wife abuse and their clinical practice: exploring a controversy, Ecole de service social, University of Montreal (UMI publication # NN00291).

Works under review and in progress

Dankwort, J. (2000) Book chapter (in German) solicited by Münchner Informationszentrum für Männer. “An overview of North American programs for domestic violence offenders and key issues.”

Augusta-Scott, T. & Dankwort, J. (Eds.) Anthology of authors writing on intervention with men who use abuse with their partners titled: Rethinking Our Practice: Innovations in Work With Men Who Use Abuse In Intimate Relationships. Editors will each contribute a chapter and introduction. Expected submission date is October, 2003.


Keynote address: “Research findings on North American standards for domestic violence perpetrator programs.” By invitation, Adhikar International Domestic Violence Conference “Enough is Enough” organized by the London Metropolitan Police, London, U.K., October 29, 2000.

“Toward effective social change with men who batter: Psychoeducational and narrative group practice”, 22nd Symposium on the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 21, 2000.

Keynote address: “Strategic intervention treatment with domestic violence offenders: inviting accountability through engaging empathy”, Washington Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Professionals (WADVIP) Conference 2000, July 21, 2000, Tacoma, Washington.

“Domestic violence offender programs in North America: Issues and developments”, Joint Conference of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 31, 2000.

Results of two studies: Canadian and U.S. standards for partner abuse offender programs at the (peer-reviewed) annual Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW) conference held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, June, 1999, and, by invitation, to domestic violence coalitions in Berlin and Munich, Germany, and in Zurich, Switzerland in July, 1999.

“Batterer program standards in Canada: Implications for social work.” Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. (Canada). April 27, 1998. (The same presentation was given to the wider domestic violence community at Vieth House Community Centre in Halifax the following day).

“An overview and analysis of batterer program standards in Canada and the U.S.” British Columbia Asociation of Counsellors of Abusive Men Conference titled “Coordinating Our Response – A Continuum of service for stopping violence against women in relationships,” Vancouver, B.C., October 24, 1997.

Men respond to domestic violence. Houston’s Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (CADA), October 22, 1997.

Utilizing our communication skills. Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Houston (Texas). February 25, 1997.

An overview and analysis of batterer intervention program standards in Canada and the U.S. Fifth National Family Violence Conference, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, July 1996.

Research findings and counseling experiences with wife abusers. Jointly with J. Austin at PIVOT Program for Wife Abusers in Houston, Texas, November 1995.

Beyond the head count: evaluating batterers’ programs qualitatively. Fourth National Family Violence Research Conference, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, July 1995.

Evaluating programs for violent men: innovative research responding to public apprehension. Presented jointly with J. Austin at Stopping the Violence Conference: Changing Families, Changing Futures, Vancouver, B.C., November 19, 1994.

Stopping woman abuse: reflections on policy and practice with offenders. Second World Conference on Violence and Human Coexistence, Montreal, Quebec, July, 1992.

Working with men who are violent with women: varying approaches and different techniques. “Justice: Extending the Vision” – National Conference on Victimization and Recovery, March 4, 1992, Victoria, B.C.

Reflections on policy and practice with wife abusers. Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA) session “Issues in Family Violence,” Learneds, Queen’s University, June 4, 1991, Kingston, ON.

Intervention with wife abusers: conflicts and dilemmas arising from gender, justice and rehabilitation considerations. Learneds session entitled: “Family Violence in the Canadian Context” of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, May 30, 1990, University of Victoria, B.C.

Treatment for wife assaulters: a critical Canadian perspective. 10th International Social Worker’s Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, July 27, 1988, and at the 24th International Conference on Social Welfare in Berlin, Germany, August 3,1988.

“Accountability in batterers’ groups.” CSAA Learned session titled: Taking Responsibility: Men Working with Violent Men, June 7, 1988, University of Windsor.

“Social work under state control: new limits on practice,” jointly with Nathaly Gagnon at CSAA Learneds session titled Grassroots Community Organizing and the State, University of Guelph, June, 1984.


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