- IBH’s Batterers Intervention Program (BIP) provides services to batterers, or perpetrators of domestic violence, that hold the batterer accountable for his or her abusive behavior, provide consequences for engaging in violent or abusive behavior, provide monitoring of the batterer’s behavior, and require him or her to change his or her behavior and attitudes, while also being protective of the victim(s).
2) The program is an educational program, not a therapeutic program, and will not have the same level of confidentiality afforded by mental health services. The program will not assure confidentiality with respect to:
(i) Judge, District Attorney or referring agent
(ii) current partner
(iii) the victim(s)
(iv) parent(s) of any of the batterers children
(v) probation and parole
(vi) law enforcement
(vii) individuals toward whom there is a risk of imminent harm by the batterer
(viii) Coordinated Community Response Team
(ix) the domestic violence victim services program serving the area where the batterer lives or where the current or ex-partner lives or with the domestic violence program where the batterer is currently residing
(x) the program will promise confidentiality with respect to: the general
public, news media and anyone else not covered in the expectations set forth above.
3) Education will be provided to the batterer utilizing written curriculum specifically developed for batterers intervention that comprehensively addresses, at a minimum:
(1) abuse and violence as a form of control, and an explanation of the need to give up all forms of controlling and coercive behavior;
(2) a detailed explanation of the range of abusive power and control behaviors, including coercive behavior, chronic verbal abuse, economic abuse, sexual abuse/mistreatment, psychological/mental abuse, physical abuse, abuse of animals and use of the children as weapons;
(3) issues of sexism and gender role stereotyping which may include but are not limited to attitudes such as entitlement to service and to deference; lack of respect for the partner and for women in general; double standards; the female partner’s right to freedom of movement, freedom of expression, and other basic human rights; viewing the partner as inferior to him and others;
(4) non-abusive communication techniques
(5) effective coping strategies;
(6) parenting in the context of domestic violence;
(7) accepting personal as well as financial responsibility including but not limited to child support, court costs restitution and BIP costs
(8) developing healthy relationships;
(9) non-abusive behavior planning for the prevention of violent, controlling and abusive behavior;
(10) effects of domestic violence on victims from a victim perspective, and
(11) the potential consequences of domestic violence.
4) The program is 52 weeks in duration. The 52 weekly group sessions are ninety (90) minutes in length. Groups are offered for male and female clients separately. Completion of the program requires at a minimum 52 weekly attended sessions as well as a favorable evaluation from the program administrators.