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If you have questions or concerns about what is healthy, unhealthy or abusive behavior in an intimate relationship, advocates are available to provide information and support. Speak with an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7. It is completely free, anonymous and confidential.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Dating Abuse Helpline

Do you…

  • Use fear to control your partner?
  • Push, shove or throw your partner around (into walls, floors, etc.)?
  • Slap your partner with an open hand?
  • Make your partner ask your permission for things?
  • Control who your partner can see or be with?
  • Criticize your partner’s friends and relatives?
  • Grab or injure your partner by holding or squeezing too tightly?
  • Feel your partner spends too much time with family and friends?
  • Embarrass your partner?
  • Control your partner’s spending?
  • Try and strangle your partner?
  • Pinch your partner?
  • Blame your partner for your actions or behavior?
  • Force your partner to have sex with you?
  • Usually get your way?

If you identify with any of these behaviors, it may be helpful to consult with a Battering Intervention and Prevention Program for support. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline to locate a BIPP near you. 

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 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 of classes over at least 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.

Texas Council on Family Violence
PO Box 163865
Austin, TX 78716

P 512.794.1133
F 512.685.6397

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