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  • 1. The Basics of Battering Intervention & Prevention ProgramsPart OneA BIPP Educational Series, Part One Online Module
    CJAD Approved Hours: 1
  • 2. To identify the mission and goals of Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPPS).
    To understand requirements for BIPP staff.
    To increase effectiveness of core BIPP programmatic elements.
  • 3. According to the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program Accreditation Guidelines, the mission of BIPPs in Texas is to eliminate male to female battering by providing services to batterers, promoting safety for victims and bringing about social change necessary to end battering and all other forms of relationship abuse.
    Batterers are a separate category of offenders requiring specialized intervention. BIPPs shall focus on ending violence, abuse and challenging batterers capacity to change.
    Mission of Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs
  • 4. Operate a program that plans for victim safety by creating systems, policies and procedures.
    Keep batterers accountable for their abusive behavior.
    Facilitate individual and societal change by challenging batterers’ cultural attitudes about violence and institutional practices that support battering and sexism.
    Goals of BIPPs
  • 5. Background checks
    All staff must undergo annual TCIC/NCIC background checks
    Initial Training
    If staff is licensed for 4+ years and has 4+ years experience in BIPP, must receive at least 15 hours minimum initial training.
    If anything less, staff must receive at least 40 hours minimum initial training.
    BIPP Staff Requirements
  • 6. Staff Development
    If staff is licensed, must receive 24 hours every 2 years
    If staff is not licensed, must receive 40 hours every 2 years
    All stuff must receive at least 1 hour of supervision every 4 weeks
    Supervision can include but is not limited to peer supervision, group observation, discussion of ethical dilemmas, victim safety planning, and batterers’ goal revisions.
    BIPP Staff Requirements
  • 7. Every BIP program must include the following elements into their program:
    Intake and Assessment
    Group Sessions
    Victim Contact
    Program Completion
    Program Completion
    Referral and Progress Reports
    Coordinated Community Response
    Prevention Activities
    Programmatic Design Elements
  • 8. Ending violence
    Holding batterers accountable for their violence
    Holding batterers accountable for instance of victim blaming
    Holding batterers accountable for their abusive behaviors
    Avoiding collusion with batterers
    Creating an environment to allow for positive behavioral changes in batterers
    All Elements Shall Focus On
  • 9. Programs shall gather information on:
    • Batterer’s appropriateness for program participation and the possible need for referral
    • 10. Current and past use of violence towards victims, abuse and/or neglect towards children, substance abuse and other abusive behaviors
    Intake and Assessment
  • 11. For Best Practices, assessment process should seek information on:
    • History of threats, assaults, ideation of homicide or suicide and attempts of homicide or suicide;
    • 12. Possession of, access to or a history of using weapons;
    • 13. Degree of persistent focus on partner actions, whereabouts, friends;
    • 14. History of head trauma injuries;
    • 15. History of episodes of blackouts;
    • 16. History of mental health conditions and current mental health status;
    • 17. History of drug or alcohol abuse and/or other substance;
    • 18. History of sexual abuse of the victim or others;
    • 19. Nature of current relationship with the victim;
    • 20. Accurate and detailed description of the most recent violent incident; and
    • 21. History of abuse and/or trauma as a child.
    Intake and Assessment
  • 22. Prepares participants for group sessions by providing information
    about program guidelines and expectations regarding:
    Fee schedule
    Attendance and Tardy Policy
    Minimum of 36 hours over 18 weeks
    Group Session Participation
    Cessation of Violence
    Batterers must sign written agreements that inform batterers to the limits of confidentiality: information submitted to CJAD, subpoenas, child and elder abuse and imminent physical injury.
    Batterers must sign a release of information for victim/partner, referral source, medical/law enforcement and any other entities (CPS, lawyers, etc).
  • 23. The primary approach to working with batterers is direct intervention in a group
    format. This group format helps the facilitator hold batterers accountable as
    well as the group, as a whole, hold each other accountable. The following are
    minimum requirements for BIPP group sessions:
    36 hours/18 weeks, not to exceed one group per week
    Gender-specific groups
    1-15 participants = 1 facilitator
    15-20 participants = 2 facilitators
    Confront victim-blaming
    Confront minimizing, denying and justifying
    Confront rationalizing of abusive behavior and choices
    Avoid collusion with batterers
    Recognize that battering involves choices
    Belief and attitude changes lead to behavioral changes
    Group Sessions
  • 24. “ The program curriculum shall be based on an intervention model that recognizes family violence as the result of one person in an intimate relationship systematically using tactics of emotional and physical abuse in order to maintain power and control over the other.”
    Battering Intervention and Prevention Program Accreditation Guidelines
    BIPP Curriculum
  • 25. The choice of curriculum is up to the individual program. Programs
    may choose a curriculum that has already been created or the program
    may choose to create their own. The following are the minimum
    standards for components the BIPP curriculum shall include:
    Assign responsibility solely to the batterers
    Encourage batterers to develop critical thinking skills
    Emphasize family violence is a learned behavior
    Recognize relationships between substance abuse and family violence
    Review non-violent discipline techniques for children
    BIPP Curriculum
  • 26. BIPP Curriculum shall also include:
    Promote batterers’ empathy for victim/partners
    Identify sexual abuse a as a form of violence
    Review effects of family violence on children
    Identify feelings that increase batterers’ ability to choose
    Identify effective communication skills and emphasize listening with empathy
    Explain negotiation and conflict resolution skills
    Challenge stereotypical gender role expectations
    Assist in developing a non-violence plan
    Identify the effects of distorted thinking
    Encourage sexual respect
    BIPP Curriculum
  • 27. The mission of BIPPs is to eliminate male to female battering by providing services to batterers, promoting safety for victims and bringing about social change necessary to end battering and all forms of relationship abuse.
    All BIPP staff must undergo an annual TCIC/NCIC background check and must receive the specified number of training hours.
    All elements of a BIPP program shall focus on ending violence, batterer accountability, avoidance of collusion and creating an environment that allows for positive change.
    Group sessions are the primary approach of direct intervention used in BIPPs and there must be a minimum of 36 hours of group over 18 weeks.
    Points to Remember