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Battering 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 a 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.


Accreditation & Audits



Download the current BIPP Accreditation Guidelines

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 with our BIPP Educational Series trainings  and our annual BIPP Conference.  TCFV also offers 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: Suzanne Holsomback.

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.


TCFV Trainings

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.


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.

In – Person Training

With Eyes Wide Open: Working Effectively with Men Who Batter by Lundy Bancroft
Through participation in this training, facilitators will be introduced to best practices for intervening with male perpetrators of violence against women, and help to move toward the goal of promoting accountability and requiring change. Training will focus on support healing and empowerment for abused women, with an emphasis on advocating for the human rights of mothers and their children.
September 20 – 21, 2018 | Indigo Hotel, Houston, TX

BIPP Facilitator Training: Conceptual Clarity with David Garvin and Jeffrie Cape
Batterer Intervention Effectiveness and Philosophy of Services: Participants will learn the etiology of battering to effectively intervene and address violent behavior.
June 14 – 15, 2018 | Crowne Plaza, Addison, TX

Upcoming live webinars

TCFV Members receive complimentary access with discount code.

BIPP Ed Series: Risk Factors of BIPP Participant Dropout
June 28, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CST.
Register now! Participant dropout is a challenge across sectors that facilitators face. This webinar, presented by Peggy Helton, will explore the risk factors that increase the likelihood of participants dropping out of BIPP programs. Additionally, resources for mitigating these risk factors will also be discussed. Peggy joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2006 as the Primary Prevention Program Administrator. Her responsibilities include planning, developing and implementing the sexual assault primary prevention program within the Crime Victim Services Division. She previously worked for more than a decade with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and in program and community development. Ms. Helton holds a BS in Psychology and an MA in Public Administration.
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

Recorded on-demand webinars

BIPP Ed Series: Religion, Power, and Intimate Partner Violence
This webinar will include techniques for working with men who use faith as a rationale for their abuse. In addition, we will discuss the use of faith to build bridges of understanding within the group itself. The presenter, Alyce LaViolette, has done work with Christian, Jewish and Muslim perpetrators of domestic violence and case studies will be discussed. Alyce has worked with survivors of abuse since 1978, first at WomenShelter of Long Beach and then in private practice. She founded one of the first programs in the country to work with perpetrators of intimate violence in 1979. Alyce speaks nationally and internationally and has worked through the Speaker’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of State. She has co-authored one of Sage Publication’s best-selling books, “It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay”.
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

BIPP Ed Series: The Batterer as Parent
The domestic violence abuser’s choice to use violence, coercion and control in his intimate partner relationship impacts children in the home by contributing to instability and trauma. This webinar reviews research findings and clinical observations regarding the impact on children of witnessing abuse toward their mothers, experiencing damage to mother-child relationships caused by the abuser, and direct mistreatment by the abuser. We also survey best-practice interventions with abusers and children exposed to them and successful assistance to abused mothers that foster resiliency in children. This webinar will be presented by Lundy Bancroft. Bancroft has thirty years’ experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has authored five books in the field, including Why Does He Do That? and the national prizewinner The Batterer as Parent. Lundy is the former Training Director of the abuser program Emerge, and was involved in over 2000 cases as counselor and clinical supervisor. He has served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness. 
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

BIPP Ed Series: Addressing Trauma Issues in Abusive Partners
Men who abuse their partners tend to have a disproportionately higher level of childhood trauma than the general population. This webinar will review how the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (ACES) can be used to assess childhood trauma exposure, how to offer trauma-informed psycho-educational services and guidelines for a specialized abuse intervention group for abusive partners who are childhood trauma survivors. This webinar will be presented by Chris Huffine, Psy.D., licensed psychologist. Chris has worked with abusive men for the past 25 years. He is the Executive Director of Allies in Change in Portland, Oregon. During his career, he has worked with thousands of abusive men and dozens of female and male victims of abuse. He is a member of the advisory group to the Oregon state attorney general to monitor standards for batterer intervention programs and of the Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

BIPP Ed: Series: Integrating Core Clinical Skills into BIPP Groups
This webinar, presented by Dr. Fall, will focus on the integration of core clinical skills into BIPP group formats. Specific skills related to the role of the counselor, the function of the group and avoiding the dynamics of power and control within the counselor-client relationship will be highlighted. Kevin A. Fall, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Professional Counseling Program. He has co-authored four books group counseling including, Alternatives to Domestic Violence. He has published numerous journal articles and chapters on the topics of counselor training, domestic violence, and group counseling.
CEUs: 1.5 CJAD BIPP Hours | 1.5 SW, LPC, LMFT Hours

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 the 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 of 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, LPC, LMFT Hours

BIPP Ed Series: 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, LPC, LMFT Hours

The Tools of Accountability Using the Power of Group to Maximize BIPP: A Five Part Series
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

This interactive training explores the core elements of group facilitation to enhance the potency of BIPP groups. Participants will learn about essential group dynamics, handling resistance, and increasing the efficacy of co-leadership. The second half of the videos are devoted to putting this learning into action with some common BIPP group session topics. The videos posted were recorded in 2017 from a live training Dr. Kevin Fall offered to BIPP providers in partnership with TCFV.
Please note: TCFV will not administer CEUs for this series

Training Resources

Training Resources

There is 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 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.

Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter – Fort Worth, TX – February 20-22, 2018

Safe & Together Annual Conference – San Antonio, TX – October 3-5, 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 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.

Reports & Resources

Resources and Research

Annual Reports



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