James E. Henderson Jr. MSW, CAC-R

Conference Speakers
Title: Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
Phone: 517-414-7302

Since 2008 Jim Henderson has been a technical assistance provider for the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) and/or the Battered Women’s Justice Project. He also continues to provide batterer intervention within the Detroit metropolitan area since 1995.

From 1991-2010 Jim was a probation officer responsible for overseeing the policies and practices of Intensive Probation for Domestic Violence offenders in Ann Arbor MI. He was assigned to the Washtenaw County Domestic Violence Unit as part of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative from 1999 to 2005 and works from a system perspective to enhance victim’s safety and defendant accountability. Before joining the criminal justice system in 1993, he worked as the clinical director of Straight, Inc., a family oriented substance abuse program for drug using young people and their families.

In 1998, Jim was appointed by the Mayor of Ann Arbor to serve on the Ann Arbor Domestic Violence Coordinating Board. He has served two terms as a Regional Representative for the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan and has been active with them since 1997. He has also been an active member of the Arab American Domestic Violence Coalition from 2001-2010. In 2002 he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of crime victims from the Washtenaw County Prosecutors office.

Jim has designed and conducted international training’s, on the effective interviewing of domestic violence offenders and victims. He has endeavored to change the focus of the victim interview from that of “information gatherer” to that of “information provider”. Jim trains on the utilization of evidence based practices in probation group reporting to gain better compliance, using the community to assist in the monitoring of batterers, thus enhancing the safety of those victimized by the violence. Jim has been faculty for several national and international organizations including multiple state probation and parole associations, The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association, The American Judges Association, The National Crimes Against Women’s conference, International conference on violence abuse and trauma, VERA institute of Justice, the Michigan Judicial Institute, Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan, Greenbook, The National Center for Victims of Crime, The New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, The American Probation & Parole Association, The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, the American Prosecutors Research Institutes National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence., The National Collage of District Court Attorneys Domestic Violence Conference, Praxis International, and The Presidents Family Justice Centers.

Jim is on the national advisory board or acts as a consultancy team member for the Family Justice Center Alliance, The Alliance for hope international, The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (Institute), and The Center for Court Innovation.

Jim has been a Certified Addition Counselor II since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1990. He received his Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1995.

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