Battering Internvention and Prevention
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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.

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.

Trainings & Resources

TCFV Training

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. CJAD CEUs are offered. 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 staff in partnership with state and national experts. CJAD CEUs are offered. Find BIPP Ed webinars here.

The Fatherhood Training is an in-person training hosted by TCFV and presented by national experts. CJAD CEUs are offered.

Online Trainings

TCFV provides live and pre-recorded webinars. Available webinars are below, and for upcoming live webinars, go here. TCFV Members receive 40 percent off when you use a discount code. 

Upcoming Live Webinars

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.

Texas Trainings

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.

National Training

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.

Curriculum-Focused Trainings

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.

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.

Fathering After Violence – Futures without Violence 

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. 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.

Webinars | BIPP Ed Series

Working with Men Who Batter

David Almager explores the three categories of domestic violence, what motivates coercive control, the stages of change and motivational interviewing, and the basics of leading BIPP groups. 

Level: Beginner
CEUs: 2.0 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LMFT, LPC

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Risk Factors of BIPP Participant Dropout

Participant dropout is a challenge. Peggy Helton explores the risk factors that increase the likelihood of participants dropping out of BIPP programs and the resources for mitigating these risk factors. 

Level: Beginner
CEUs: 1.0 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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Religion, Power, and Intimate Partner Violence

Alyce LaViolette explains the techniques for working with men who use faith as a rationale for their abuse and the use of faith to build bridges of understanding within the group itself. LaViolette has worked with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perpetrators of domestic violence and presents related case studies.

Level: Beginner
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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The Batterer as Parent

Lundy Bancroft reviews research findings and clinical observations regarding the impact that witnessing abuse toward their mothers has on children, the damage the abuser inflicts on mother-child relationships, and the direct mistreatment perpetrated by the abuser. Lundy explains how the domestic violence abuser’s choice to use violence, coercion, and control in his intimate partner relationship contributes to the instability and trauma of the children in the home.

Level: Beginner
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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Integrating Core Clinical Skills into BIPP Groups

Dr. Kevin Fall focuses on the integration of core clinical skills into BIPP group formats and highlights the specific skills related to the role of the counselor, the function of the group, and how to avoid the dynamics of power and control within the counselor-client relationship.

Level: Beginner
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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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 percent of Emerge’s clients are self-referred, and over 60 percent complete the 40-week program. The presenter describes strategies for client recruitment, client retention, engagement and accountability. The latter includes a brief description of key intervention techniques used at Emerge that can be adapted to other treatment settings. The exercises are geared toward promoting client accountability as well as engagement, both for individual clients and group members.

Level: Beginner
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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Working with Women Who Use Force

Join Heather M. and Lindsey Y., BIPP facilitators from the Artemis Center in Dayton, Ohio as they share about the dynamics, challenges, and solutions for working with female BIPP groups or women who use force groups.

Level: Beginner
CEUs: 1.0 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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The Tools of Accountability Using the Power of Group to Maximize BIPP

The videos were recorded in 2017 from a live training Dr. Kevin Fall offered to BIPP providers in partnership with TCFV.
The recorded interactive training explores the core elements of group facilitation to enhance the potency of BIPP groups and explores essential group dynamics, handling resistance and increasing the efficacy of co-leadership. The second half of the videos demonstrate how to put into action the core elements of group facilitation.

Level: Beginner
CEUs:
This 5-part video series does NOT provide CJAD CEUs.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Addressing Trauma Issues in Abusive Partners

Men who abuse their partners tend to have a disproportionately high level of childhood trauma compared to the general population. Chris Huffine reviews how the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (ACES) can assess childhood trauma exposure, and discusses how to offer trauma-informed psycho-educational services and guidelines for a specialized abuse intervention group for abusive partners who are childhood trauma survivors.

Level: Intermediate
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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Recognizing and Managing Risk Factors, Profiling Killers

David Adams 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. Adams describes a protocol, developed and piloted in Massachusetts, for assessing the risk of men who attend batterer intervention programs. Adams also discusses risk management strategies for different types of high-risk clients by drawing from the clinical practice as well as research on  men who killed their intimate partners.

Level: Intermediate
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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A Culturally Competent Approach to Working with LGBT+ DV Offenders

Join Ben Meneses from Dallas’ The Family Place in exploring and highlighting certain issues specific to working with domestic violence offenders in the LGBT+ community. We will discuss what cultural norms we need to be aware of, look at the jargon used by the community, and explore what philosophical approach we should take when working with this population.

Level: Intermediate
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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Utilizing Motivational Interviewing in BIPP Group

Join Christopher Hall in learning about Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based engagement strategy originally designed to work with substance abuse issues. It has since expanded to be applied in several areas where change agents work to offer alternative choices and improvements based in health and respect. Applying MI in domestic violence work involves understanding methods of humanization and finding ways to reach individuals who may not on the surface seem interested or feel safe making changes in their lives and relationships with others. This webinar will explore MI techniques, both in a broad overview, but also in specific applications for work with victims/survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Level: Intermediate
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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Strangulation: The Last Warning Shot

Join Gael Strack and James Henderson in understanding strangulation in domestic violence cases – what it is and what is can tell us about the individuals who use it as a control tactic. We will look in particular at how BIPP facilitators can use this information to assess for lethality, hold abusers accountable, and keep survivors safe.

Level: Intermediate
CEUs: 1.5 BIPP (FV), SW, LPC, LMFT

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