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Are you abusing?

  • Do you use fear as a way to control your partner?
  • Do you push, shove, or throw your partner around (into walls, floor, etc)?
  • Do you slap your partner with an open hand? Do you make your partner ask you for permission?
  • Do you control who your partner can see or be with? Do you criticize your partner’s friends and relatives?
  • Do you grab or injure your partner by holding or squeezing too tightly?
  • Do you feel your partner spends too much time with family and friends?
  • Do you embarrass your partner?
  • Do you control your partner’s spending?
  • Do you try and strangle your partner?
  • Do you pinch your partner?
  • Do you blame your partner for your actions or behavior?
  • Do you force your partner to have sex with you?
  • Do you usually get your way?

Get help: find Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program near you.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I volunteer to attend a BIPP?

Yes, you can. BIPPs in Texas encourage volunteer participation. Find an accredited program to make sure you are receiving services that meet minimum standards.

How do I find the nearest BIPP?

Programs accredited by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Community Justice Assistance Division TDCJ-CJAD must meet the requirements for court-mandated BIPPs. For a complete list of accredited programs, visit: The Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

What is an accredited BIPP?

An accredited BIP program:

  • Must comply with specific guidelines.
  • Must have trained employees.
  • Must conduct criminal background checks on their employees.
  • Must show that their program meets minimum state guidelines.
  • Must provide at least 36 hours, 18 weeks of group intervention.
  • Must cover specific information in group.
  • Can charge fees for attending groups.
  • Believes that abusive behavior involves choice.
  • Believes people who are abusive can choose to change their behavior.

Want more information? Find out what participants are saying about BIPPs.

Other Resources:

Am I Putting My Partner At Risk?
When can a person be considered an “abuser”?
Protective Orders in Texas
Parenting After Violence
Equality Wheel