News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

September 30, 2011

York Tech Presents Inside Criminal Minds Part III: The Domestic Violence Offender

ROCK HILLYork Technical College’s Corporate and Continuing Education division will present Inside Criminal Minds Part III: The Domestic Violence Offender, featuring Ben Motley, on Friday, October 7, at the Baxter Hood Center.

Topics will include:

Profiling Domestic Violence Offenders

  • Who are they?
  • Do women offend?
  • At what age do offenders begin?

Teen Dating Violence

  • At what age do they stop?
  • Criminal Thinking and DV
  • Static and Dynamic Risk Factors
  • The Hero-Victim-Offender Cycle

Treating Domestic Violence Offenders

  • What works and what does not?
  • The role of the legal system in treatment
  • State Guidelines for CDV treatment
  • Prevention versus Intervention

A panel of individuals who have completed a CDV program will answer questions about their experience. (Questions are answered candidly and honestlymay be offensive. Discretion is advised during this portion of the training.) The event will also feature a panel of legal experts who will focus on working with domestic violence offenders.

This training event has been pre-approved by the S.C. Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6 hours1.5 of which is Ethics-Specific for attorneys and judges. It has also been pre-approved for 6 hours of Continuing Education credit by the S.C. Board of Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, School Psychologists, the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Victim Advocates, and the S.C. Department of Social Services.

The Criminal Domestic Violence epidemic in South Carolina, despite decades of prevention and intervention work, is showing few signs of slowing down. In fact, a recent report announced that South Carolina has moved up to 7th in the nation in crimes on women. This training will help participants understand the abusers who commit this kind of violence and how to intervene by connecting community-based agencies. The training will offer guidelines for developing more effective interventions for offenders and the limits of rehabilitation for the men (and sometimes women), who engage in this kind of violence. The main goal of the training is to unite interested members of the community in the fight to end intimate partner violence through research-based community partnerships.

Sponsors of the event are the Rock Hill Police Department, 16th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Office of the South Carolina Attorney General, 16th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, York County Sheriff’s Office–Victim Assistance Unit, York County Dept. of Social Services, S.C. Dept. of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, S.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Three Trees Center for Change Good, and the Success Consulting Group.

The cost of the training is $89.99. Registration can be completed online, by phone, or mail:


  • (803) 981-7194

  • York Technical College
    Attn: Linda Bolick
    452 S. Anderson Rd.
    Rock Hill SC 29730

A flyer with more information is available for download here:

About the Presenter
Ben Motley, MA, CCFC, CCSOTS, is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, and a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist. Prior to starting Three Trees Center for Change, he supervised court diversion programs and worked as a mental health therapist in residential treatment facilities and community mental health agencies. Motley is an active member of the South Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, has been awarded clinical membership in the internationally-recognized Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and is certified by the South Carolina Department of Social Services to supervise and facilitate batterer treatment. Motley completed his masters in Multicultural Education, did further graduate work in clinical psychology, and is now working on developing the Stop, Drop and Think forensic counseling model that emphasizes the use of evidence-based practices, accountability, and community teamwork in working with offenders.

Motley can be reached at (803) 207-0558, or by email at Visit for more information.

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730