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Frequently Asked Questions
• What is a BIPP?
• Where can I get training?
• What are the differences between family violence training hours and battering intervention training hours?
• What is the difference between funded BIPPs and accredited BIPPs
What is a BIPP?
Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPP) are designed to eliminate male to female intimate partner violence battering by providing services to batterers, promoting safety for victims and bringing about social change necessary to end all forms of relationship abuse.
These courses are designed to provide a strategy for assisting batterers to take personal responsibility for their violence. Participants learn how to identify abusive and coercive inter-personal behaviors, while developing critical thinking skills about the effects of their violence on their partners, children and community. Group facilitators also teach non-violent alternatives.
Optimally, BIPPs not only enhance the safety of victims and hold batterers accountable for their abusive behaviors, but also challenge ingrained beliefs on patriarchy and entitlement.
Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs provide a designated criminal justice response to family violence that is an economical alternative to incarceration and provides an extension of supervision for family violence offenders.
Where can I get training?
There are a multitude of trainings and conferences that can provide you with the tools you need to meet guideline standards or expand your knowledge about battering intervention, general domestic violence knowledge and facilitation skills.
• TEXAS-LED TRAININGS
Texas Council on Family Violence — Austin
BIPP Educational Series – The BIPP Educational Series is a development opportunity for all professionals facilitating groups with family violence offenders. Each year TCFV strives to concentrate on the development of foundational, intermediate, advance skills for successful BIPP operation by offering an evolving development series that includes accessible online modules, webinars and in-person trainings. CJAD hours and CEUs are offered.
Texas Council on Family Violence — Austin
Tools for Transformation – This is the annual BIPP Statewide Conference bringing together BIPP staff to learn about national practices, trends and innovation to help guide their work. This conference is one of two conferences held in the US that primarily focuses on developing professionals who are committed to victim safety batterer accountability. CJAD hours and CEUs are offered.
The Family Place — Dallas
Effective Work with Batterers: Comprehensive Training for Professionals Working with Offenders – The annually training is designed to provide comprehensive training to BIPP service providers and other social service practitioners in accordance to TDCJ-CJAD accreditation standards. It is a one full day and one half day of training held the third week of July. CJAD, LPC, Social Work CEUs offered.
• CURRICULUM-FOCUSED TRAININGS
These trainings are curriculum-based and meant to provide a “how-to” in facilitating a particular model or approach.
Men Stopping Violence (MSV) — Atlanta, GA
Men at Work: Building Safe Communities Training – Men At Work is an innovative and multi-disciplinary curriculum that explores male violence against women in an accessible manner, challenges men to take responsibility for their actions, and provides the educational experience necessary to become allies in ending violence against women. In this three-day training, MSV will provide participants with the knowledge and tools needed to implement Men at Work in their communities.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Program — Duluth, MN
Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter / Comprehensive – This valuable training is the prerequisite for buying and using Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter, the world’s most renowned curriculum for helping men identify and change beliefs that support using violence against women. The curriculum and the trainers’ methods are grounded in the Duluth Model, a constantly evolving philosophy and practice based in the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program’s work to end men’s violence against women through a coordinated community response.
Emerge — Boston, MA
Counseling Abusers: An Introductory Training – This course is intended for anyone working with families affected by domestic violence. Participants will learn the Emerge curriculum and how it compares to other models. The training is structured to be highly interactive and includes several participant role plays. This interactive structure allows participants to acquire and practice skills to be used in leading groups.
• OTHER TRAININGS
The Batterer Intervention Coalition of Michigan – The Batterer Intervention Coalition of Michigan (BICM) holds an annual conference. BICM is a working forum for interaction and information sharing among agencies and individuals concerned with the provision of batterer intervention services in Michigan. BICM help create and maintain coordinated community actions that hold batterers accountable for their behavior and promote safety and empowerment for victims. BICM give safety, needs, and concerns of victims/survivors priority over the interests of batterers or any batterer intervention service model. They promote social change which works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence.
What is the difference between family violence training hours and battering intervention training hours?
To meet required training hours for BIPP Accreditation, new BIPP staff must complete 40 total hours of training. These hours must include 15 hours of dedicated family violence trainings and 25 hours of dedicated battering intervention materials. These training hours must be accomplished within six months of hire and also must be completed before working with batterers unsupervised.
TCFV offers a combination of self-paced online and in-person battering intervention trainings with our BIPP Educational Series trainings and our annual BIPP Conference. TCFV also offers many family violence trainings across the state. Please keep an eye on our website for upcoming trainings!
TCFV also encourages your program to research its own training venues. Contact your local family violence shelter or non-residential program to find family violence training options.
To acquire and maintain accreditation, your program needs to obtain training approved by TDCJ-CJAD. For training approval, please contact
Brenda Musgrove – (512) 305-9310
If your community has a training opportunity that would assist professionals in meeting BIPP Accreditation Training Guidelines and would like to add it to the list below, please contact:
Jose Avila – (512) 685-6262
What is the difference between funded BIPPs and Accredited BIPPs?
Funded BIPPs are nonprofit organizations that have been in existence for more than five years and apply for competitive grants through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD). Programs are also fairly dispersed across Texas. In addition to meeting the Texas Accreditation Guidelines, funded programs must adhere to special grant conditions that require programs to provide additional data reporting and to participate in research studies.
Currently, the twenty two state-funded BIPPs are monitored through an onsite audit every other year. Program monitoring includes a review of key components including notification for victim safety, recurring participant status reports to referral sources, program curriculum, and accrual of staff development hours and staff supervision. In addition, onsite audits include group observations of up to 50% of the total amount of groups operated by each program.
Accredited BIPPs are programs have achieved this status by meeting the minimum guidelines for operation and have undergone a desk audit of policies and procedures. A sole onsite audit includes the review of key components including notification for victim safety, recurring status reports to referral sources, program curriculum, and accrual of staff development hours and staff supervision among other monitoring objectives. The onsite audit includes observation of one group.
The Duluth Model’s Creating a Process for Change for Men Who Batter curriculum consists of a facilitator’s manual and dvd set.
The 324-page facilitator’s manual provides a theoretical framework for understanding battering, illustrates how to create and facilitate a Duluth Model men’s nonviolence program, describes how a Duluth Model men’s program relates to the justice system and to programs for women who have been battered, and includes lesson plans and exercise for up to 30 weeks of classes.
The curriculum may also be supplemented with Creating a Process for Change for Men Who Batter DVDs, including:
• Power and Control: Tactics of Men Who Batter (DVD)
A collection of twenty-four video vignettes that depict power-and-control tactics used by men who batter. Each vignette corresponds with a curriculum theme.
• Power and Control: A Woman’s Perspective (DVD)
Features women who have been battered describing how men used tactics on the Power and Control Wheel against them, and men who have battered discussing how they used the tactics. Gives facilitators context for understanding impacts of battering, and helps men in groups see how violence affects victims.
• Facilitating a Men’s Nonviolence Class (Set of 4 DVDs)
Excerpts from a Duluth Model men’s group led by experienced facilitators, interspersed with the facilitators’ reflections about the group process. Gives examples of how to start a class, use the Control Log and Equality Log, and lead role-plays.
The Emerge Abuser Education Group Program Manual for First & Second Stage Groups outlines the entire Emerge model including specific educational presentations, individual activities and guidance on running exercises. It also gives some supplemental information on writing reports to referral sources, conducting partner contacts, and our philosophy of providing abuser education. The Emerge model is composed of a 40-session curriculum, but can be adapted to additional or fewer sessions and can be used in addition to other abuser education models.
This manual is provided to each participant during the introductory training. Due to the challenge of intervening in domestic violence, Emerge recommends facilitators attend an Emerge training to fully understand this manual.
Men Stopping Violence (MSV) uses a community-accountability model that is central to the Men At Work curriculum. The curriculum examines cultural and historical mechanisms that support violence against women. These mechanisms paired with the community-accountability model provide the context and tools to influence change at the individual level and maintain individual accountability.
The curriculum consists of an overview of each unit and objectives of each lesson, and numerous handouts and readings including behavior and check-in forms, examples and scenarios, supplemental readings, and reference materials.
The curriculum consists of a Men At Work Student’s Manual, Men At Work Facilitator’s Manual, and supplemental DVDs.
Turning Points: A Nonviolence Curriculum for Women is an educational program for women who use both legal and illegal violence against their partners. Its focus is on helping women understand the connections between the violence they experience and the violence they use. Its overall goal is to help them end both.
• Facilitator Manual and Weekly Sessions
• Participant Workbook
• Facilitator Guide DVD
• Facilitator Guide Audio CD
• Understanding Domestic Violence DVDs for weekly sessions
• Turning Points Vignettes and Women’s Stories DVD for weekly sessions
This curriculum for purchase is designed as a supplementary curriculum for Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs.
What can I expect when my program is going to be audited?
Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPPs) play a significant role in Texas communities. As part of our work to keep victims safe and hold batterers accountable, TCFV conducts on-site audits on funded BIPP programs every two years. When TCFV auditors arrive on onsite they review staff and participant files and observe up to 50% of your program’s BIPP classes. Auditors may offer individual facilitators brief feedback after they conclude their class.
In addition, an exit interview will be conducted to review initial feedback. This is an opportunity for board members or staff to ask questions and for auditors to collect any additional or missing materials. Within sixty days, your program will receive a BIPP audit report with outlined findings and recommendations.
Non-funded accredited programs are audited by the Community Justice Assistance Division. CJAD reviews the staff and participant file and will observe one group. This packet serves to gather basic, but vital information to prepare auditors for their visit to your program.
Resources and Research
BIPP Resources and Research
- Assessing the Efficacy of Batterer Intervention Programs in Context
- The Survival of Batterer Programs? Responding to “Evidence-Based Practice” and Improving Program Operations
- Batterers Intervention Programs: Doing the Work and Measuring the Progress
- Intervention Programs for Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: Conclusions from a Clinical Research Perspective
- Men Can Stop Rape
- Healthcare Responses to Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice
- Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue Project
- Certified Batterer Intervention Programs: History, Philosophies, Techniques, Collaborations, Innovations and Challenges
- Fathering After Violence
- Men’s Nonviolence Project
- Power and Control Film