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Battering Intervention & Prevention Programs

BIP_Center_IconBattering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPPs) consist of groups for family violence offenders, in which offenders are held accountable for past abusive behavior and taught the fundamentals of leading healthy, nonviolent relationships. Although BIPPs work directly with offenders, the underlying goal of these programs is to enhance the safety of family violence victims and their children. Optimally, BIPPs also challenge ingrained beliefs on patriarchy and entitlement. BIPPs 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. BIPPs should be an integral part of a coordinated community response to end family violence across Texas.


BIPP Ed Series: Recognizing and Managing Risk Factors, Profiling Killers
Please join us for a webinar that describes innovative practices in assessing and responding to risk in batterer intervention programs. Founded in 1977, Emerge has pioneered effective and culturally relevant abuser education strategies as well as those for abusers in same-sex relationships. This webinar will describe a new protocol, developed and piloted in Massachusetts, for assessing risk of men who attend batterer intervention programs. David Adams will also discuss risk management strategies for different types of high risk clients, drawing from his clinical practice as well as his research about men who killed their intimate partners. David has led groups for abusers for over 40 years and currently coordinates two federally funded training projects; the National Risk Assessment and Management Training Project, and Recognizing Responsibility and Risk of Abusers in Court. His book, Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007.
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours, 1.5 SW Hours, 1.5 LPC Hours, 1.5 LMFT Hours

Engagement and Accountability in Group
Founded in 1977, Emerge has pioneered effective and culturally relevant abuser education strategies as well as those for abusers in same-sex relationships. Currently, 30% of Emerge’s clients are self-referred, and over 60% complete the 40 week program. In this workshop, the presenter will describe strategies for client recruitment as well as 12 for client retention, engagement and accountability. The latter will include a brief description of key intervention techniques used at Emerge but which can be adapted to other treatment settings. These exercises are geared to promote client accountability as well as engagement, both for the individual client as well as group members as a whole.
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours, 1.5 SW Hours, 1.5 LPC Hours, 1.5 LMFT Hours


Annual BIPP Conference

Tools for Transformation Annual BIPP Conference is an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge and develop new skills to meet the challenges of operating battering intervention programs and developing community accountability and collaboration for addressing family violence offenders. Each conference features dynamic presenters and showcases information regarding trends and tools for facilitating learning and skill development.  Learn more about the BIPP Conference.

In-Person Trainings

The BIPP Educational Series is a combination of in-person and web-based training opportunities presented by TCFV in partnership with state and national experts in the field. Trainings offered include webinars, self-paced modules, and in-person trainings. CJAD and CEUs are offered. Visit TCFV’s training page to view upcoming in-person trainings.

Online Trainings

Visit TCFV’s training page to view upcoming live webinars  (TCFV members receive a 30% discount).

Training Resources

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.

Upcoming Trainings in Texas

Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter
Presented by domestic abuse intervention programs
Forth Worth, TX – February 20 – 22, 2018

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.

BIPP Resources and Research

Reports & Curriculums

BIPP Annual Reports

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Duluth Curriculum – The Duluth Model’s Creating a Process for Change for Men Who Batter curriculum consists of a facilitator’s manual and dvd set.

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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.

Emerge Curriculum – 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.

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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 At Work – Men Stopping Violence (MSV) uses a community-accountability model that is central to the Men At Work curriculum.

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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.

Women Who Use Force Curriculum – Turning Points: A Nonviolence Curriculum for Women is an educational program for women who use both legal and illegal violence against their partners.

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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.

Contents include:
• 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

Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter – This curriculum for purchase is designed as a supplementary curriculum for Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs.

Fathering After Violence – Futures without Violence 

Accreditation & Audits


Download the current BIPP Accreditation Guidelines

Download the complete BIPP Accreditation Compliance Checklist

Training Hours

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 as well as many family violence trainings across the state. 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 Tony Martinez – (512) 305-9315.

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.

Forms Need to Apply for BIPP Accreditation:

Overview of Application Process

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1) Apply for Accreditation

Submit to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD):

• Application and Supplemental Materials
• Policies and Procedures Manual

Submit Processing Fee to TDCJ Cashier’s Office – There is a one-time application fee of $300.


2) Attain Probationary Accreditation Status

A desk audit must indicate full compliance with application, policy and procedure manual, other required documents and fee are received and found to be in compliance with BIPP Accreditation Guidelines.


3) Attain Accreditation Status

The on-site audit must indicate that the program had met or exceeded the TDCJ-CJAD benchmark of 80%. In addition, the program or provider must be in 100% compliance with all group facilitation guidelines.

For a further process details please, download the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) Accreditation Process Worksheet developed by TDCJ-CJAD.

BIPP Audits

What can I expect when my program is going to be audited?

Funded BIPPs

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.

Accredited BIPPs

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.

Are You Abusing?

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.

Other Resources:

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


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