Batterers’ Intervention Programs
As part of our mission to eliminate domestic violence, we work to proactively address the issue where it starts – with those who choose to abuse. We do not condone violence, but we do recognize that there are various motivations pushing individuals to that choice. And we recognize that choosing to address those motivations and put the effort into creating a more respectful relationship is a service that needs to be provided. With victim safety as a primary priority, ICADV oversees Batterers’ Intervention Programs (BIPs) throughout the state, to provide individuals who use violence with the opportunity and skills to change the behavior, beliefs, and attitudes that support their use of violence against intimate partners.
For the health and safety of survivors and staff, programs have updated service delivery to comply with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19.
The ways in which these programs provide services may change temporarily, but please rest assured we are all working to serve as many individuals as possible.
Please call the program in your community directly or check their website for the most up-to-date information.
The above programs are certified, accredited member programs of ICADV.
To learn more about becoming a member of ICADV, click here.
If you are unsure if your behavior is abuse, Love Is Respect has a practical, confidential, non-judgemental tool to help you explore your behavior towards your partner.
Batterers’ Intervention Programs are education-based programs that make victim safety its primary priority, hold offenders accountable, and promote a coordinated community response to domestic violence. Certified BIPs work closely with community courts, corrections, and child welfare, and are required to collaborate with service providers to ensure survivors receive supportive services. BIP groups meet on a weekly basis for 26-40 weeks, depending on the program.
If you are ready to make a change, you do not have to be referred to attend a certified BIP.
National Hotline for Those Who Cause Harm https://violencepreventionhotline.org/
What to Expect When Accessing Services
Initial Contact: When you contact a certified Batterers’ Intervention Program, they are going to ask you several questions regarding your referral to a BIP. This process is to identify what services you will be benefit from and to learn more about your experience with violence. Lastly, they will likely discuss the program details, requirements, and schedule an initial appointment with you.
Service Delivery: The information below is general information to prepare you for your classes and may vary slightly depending on the program.
- BIP groups meet on a weekly basis for 26 — 40 weeks.
- The groups are 1.5 — 2 hours in duration.
- The groups are conducted by 1 — 2 certified facilitators.
- The groups are self-pay, but all programs provided a payment plan/ sliding scale fee option.
- The group size varies between 10 — 20 participants.
- During the group, you may encounter a monitoring visit. The monitor is there to review the skills and presentation techniques of the facilitator, not you.
BIP classes are not meant to belittle, demean, or judge you. The purpose of this program is to provide space for honest discussion and opportunities to learn skills to change the behavior, beliefs, and attitudes that support your use of violence against your partner. If you feel like you have been treated improperly, please contact ICADV.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 TTY 800-787-3224
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 TTY 800-799-4889
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
https://www.rainn.org/ *24/7 Live Chat*
National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
Together, we can end domestic violence.
We believe that violence is preventable. When we come together, we create real change in the lives of individuals and in our communities. Join us in the movement to make Indiana a state that is safe, inclusive, and equitable for everyone.