Domestic Abuse Intervention Program
Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse
A Batterer’s Intervention Program (BIP) is an integral tool of a coordinated community response to domestic abuse and focuses on accountability for batterers with a priority on victim safety. For more information on our Domestic Abuse Intervention Program call Ben Ellard at 601-503-4881.
Using the nationally respected Duluth Model our goals will:
- Ensure safety for the partners of group participants while working to end domestic abuse by creating a culture of deterrence.
- Ensure the program is collaborating with the justice system, human service providers, and battered women’s programs.
- Teach offenders alternatives to coercive, controlling, and abusive behavior in intimate relationships.
How it works
- Perpetrators are court-ordered into the 24-week educational program designed to confront the abuser with his abusive conduct.
- Eight themes, based on the Duluth Model and promoting non-abusive behavior, are presented by a male and female
- Trained facilitators are compensated for each session with fees collected from the perpetrator.
BIP Program Philosophy
- Abuse is intentional.
- Battering is a system of abusive behaviors that are used to maintain control.
- Most cultures have supported male dominance in families.
- Individual men can change.
- Except in cases of self-defense, there are always alternatives to abuse.
BIP Program Content
- Participants are encouraged to take full responsibility for their behavior.
- Facilitators respectfully challenge existing sexist beliefs and attitudes.
- Groups support the men to change controlling and abusive behavior.
- Facilitators challenge minimization, denial, and blame.
- The group process is compassionate but not colluding.
- Facilitators teach men to develop relationships with women based upon equality.