Effective intervention for family violence offenders is based on addressing the complexities of domestic violence, which includes physical and sexual violence and coercion used by an offender to control their partner’s life. Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPPs) promote offender accountability for their actions and promote the safety of family violence victims and their children.
BIPPs facilitate group sessions where offenders are held accountable for past abusive behavior and are taught the fundamentals of fostering healthy, nonviolent relationships. BIPPs challenge ingrained beliefs connected to the choice to use violence, particularly regarding a socialized sense of entitlement to have power and control over one’s partner.
BIPPs provide a designated criminal justice response to family violence that is an economical alternative to incarceration. It also provides an extension of community supervision for family violence offenders. BIPPs are an integral part of a coordinated community response to end family violence across Texas.
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Accreditation & Audits
TDCJ-CJAD Required Training Hours
Staff Training Requirements:
BIPPs seeking accreditation or hiring new BIPP staff must ensure that the staff, complete 40 total hours of trainings within six months of hire and before working unsupervised with family violence offenders.
These hours must include:
15 Hours Family Violence Training
+25 Hours of Battering Intervention Training
= 40 hours of Initial Staff Training
In addition, BIPP staff must receive ongoing staff development and all training must be pre-approved by TDCJ-CJAD. If training is not approved, TDCJ-CJAD must approve the training prior to staff attending the training.
TCFV offers a combination of battering intervention trainings: in-person regional and statewide, live webinars, pre-recorded self-paced webinars. The trainings cover critical topics presented by state and national experts. TCFV members receive discounted rates for the TCFV hosted trainings and signature conferences.
For information on BIPP accrediation, use the information below.
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 the 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 has met or exceeded the TDCJ-CJAD benchmark. In addition, the program or provider must be in 100% compliance with all group facilitation guidelines.
For a further process details, download the TDCJ-CJAD Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) Accreditation Process Worksheet.
Resources to apply for TDCJ-CJAD BIPP Accreditation |
Trainings & Resources
Annual BIPP Conference
Tools for Transformation Annual BIPP Conference features dynamic presenters, showcases state and national trends and presents effective tools for BIPP facilitators. The conference provides the opportunity to gain deeper knowledge of effective ways to work with family violence offenders and on how to partner with critical systems to create a coordinated community response. Texas CJAD CEUs are offered.
Learn more about the BIPP Conference here.
The BIPP Educational Series is a two-day, in-person training opportunities presented by TCFV staff in partnership with state and national experts. Texas CJAD CEUs are offered for our conference.
The Fatherhood Training is an in-person training hosted by TCFV and presented by national experts. Texas CJAD CEUs are offered on all trainings.
Find BIPP Ed training information and registration here.
TCFV provides live and on-demand webinars to enhance your BIPP program and facilitation skills. TCFV members have FREE access to all BIPP webinars when you use the member promo code. Texas CJAD CEUs are offered for all webinars.
Find BIPP Ed webinars here.
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.
Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter – Fort Worth, Texas; hosted annually in February
Denton County Friends of the Family BIPP Conference – Denton, Texas; hosted annually in October
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse – Houston, Texas
Effective Work with Batterers: Comprehensive Training for Professionals Working with Offenders – The annually training by The Family Place in Dallas 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 day and a half of training held the third week of July. CJAD, LPC, Social Work CEUs offered.
The Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan Conference – The Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) holds an annual conference. They are a working forum for interaction and information sharing among agencies and individuals concerned with the provision of batterer intervention services in Michigan. BISC-MI helps create and maintain coordinated community actions that hold batterers accountable for their behavior and promote safety and empowerment for victims. BISC-MI gives safety, needs and concerns of victims/survivors priority over the interests of batterers. They promote social change that works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence.
These trainings are curriculum-based and meant to provide a “how-to” in facilitating a specific 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 trainer’s 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.
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
- The Invisibility of the Domestic Violence Perpetrator as a Parent
Battering Intervention Prevention Program Curriculum
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.
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.
Men At Work – Men Stopping Violence (MSV) uses a community-accountability model that is central to the Men at Work curriculum.
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. 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.
Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter – This curriculum for purchase is designed as a supplementary curriculum for Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs.
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. It also challenges men to take responsibility for their actions and provides the educational experience necessary to become allies in ending violence against women. The three-day training provides 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 training is the prerequisite for buying and using Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter, the renowned curriculum for helping men identify and change beliefs that support using violence against women. The curriculum and the trainer’s methods are grounded in the Duluth Model, a constantly evolving philosophy and practice based on 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 learn the Emerge curriculum and how it compares to other models. The training is highly interactive and includes several participant role-plays. The interactive structure allows participants to acquire and practice skills to be used in leading groups.
BIPP Annual Reports
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