Battering Internvention and Prevention
Program Resource Center

Intervention for family violence offenders must be based on a clear understanding of the complexities of domestic violence, which includes not only the physical and sexual violence that may be part of a criminal charge, but also a myriad of control and coercion behavior the offender exerts over the partner’s life. The goal of Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPPs) is to promote offender accountability and the safety of family violence victims and their children. This is accomplished in group sessions in which offenders are held accountable for past abusive behavior and taught the fundamentals of fostering  healthy, nonviolent relationships. Optimally, BIPPs also 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 and also provide an extension of 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.

What can I expect when my program is audited?

Accredited BIPPs Funded by TDCJ-CJAD

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 of BIPPs funded by TDCJ-CJAD. Audits are conducted for each BIPP every other year. When TCFV auditors arrive on site, they review staff and participant files as well as  operational policies and procedures for compliance with guidelines and observe up to 50% of the program’s BIPP groups. In addition, the auditors conduct an exit interview with the executive director and BIPP staff. This is an opportunity for leadership or staff to ask questions and for auditors to collect any additional or missing materials. Within sixty days, TCFV submits the BIPP audit report with outlined findings and recommendations and needed action items.

Accredited BIPPs

TDCJ-Community Justice Assistance Division conducts on-site audits of accredited BIPPS. Audits are regularly conducted as resources allow. When CJAD auditors arrive on site, they review staff and participant files as well as  operational policies and procedures for compliance with guidelines and observe one group at a minimum.

 

Trainings & Resources

2019 Tools for Transformation BIPP Conference

Our 16th annual Tools for Transformation BIPP Conference was held in Georgetown, TX on May 2 & 3, 2019.

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. Avaliable webinars are below, for upcoming live webinars, go here. TCFV Members receive 40% when you use your discount code.

Texas Trainings |

Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter – Fort Worth, TX – hosted annually in February

Denton County Friends of the Family BIPP Conference – Denton, TX – hosted annually in October

National Training |

The Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan Conference – The Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) holds an annual conference and is 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 or any batterer intervention service model.  They promote social change that works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence.

Upcoming Live Webinars |

Utilizing Motivational Interviewing in BIPP Group

March 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. CST

Christopher Hall discusses Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based engagement strategy originally designed to work with substance abuse issues. MI is  applied in several areas where change agents work to offer alternative choices and improvements based  on health and respect. Hall explains how applying MI to  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 to make  changes in their lives and relationships with others. Hall explores MI techniques, in a broad overview and in specific applications, for work with victims/survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours

A Culturally Competent Approach to Working with LGBT+ DV Offenders

April 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. CST

Ben Meneses from The Family Place (Dallas, Texas) explores and highlights issues specific to working with domestic violence offenders in the LGBT+ community. Meneses discusses which  cultural norms we need to be aware of, looks at the jargon used by the community, and explores what philosophical approach we should take when working with this population.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours

Working with Women Who Use Force

May 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. CST

Heather Menard and Lindsey Young, BIPP facilitators from the Artemis Center in Dayton, Ohio, present an introductory discussion on working with and facilitating a curriculum and group for women who have resorted to force in intimate partner relationships.

CEUS: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours

Understanding Strangulation and Those Who Use it as a Tactic of Control

June 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. CST

Gael Strack, CEO and Co-Founder of Alliance for Hope International in San Diego, California, explains the importance of understanding strangulation in domestic violence cases – what it is and what it can tell us about the individuals who use it as a control tactic. Strack discusses how BIPP facilitators can use this information to assess for lethality, hold abusers accountable, and keep survivors safe.  

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD Family Violence Hours

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.

Other Texas-Led Trainings

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 one full day and one half day of training held the third week of July. CJAD, LPC, Social Work CEUs offered.

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 Services Coalition of Michigan – The Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) holds an annual conference. BISC-MI is a working forum for interaction and information sharing among agencies and individuals concerned with the provision of batterer intervention services in Michigan. BISC-MI help create and maintain coordinated community actions that hold batterers accountable for their behavior and promote safety and empowerment for victims. BISC-MI 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.

Battering Intervention Prevention Program Curriculums |

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.

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 

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. 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 trainers’ 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. 

CEUs: 2.0 CJAD BIPP Hours

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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. 

CEUs: 1.0 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.0 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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.

Record Date: 18 April 2019
Length: 1.5
Level: Intermediate
CEUs: CJAD BIPP,  SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours |1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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% of Emerge’s clients are self-referred, and over 60% 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 to promote client accountability as well as engagement, both for the individual client as well as group members.

CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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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.

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

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

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.

Record Date: 26 March 2019
Length: 1.5
CEU: CJAD (BIPP), SW, LPC, LMFT

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