Batterer's Intervention Program
BIP is a 24-week educational program. Members are challenged to
self-identify their abusive behavior by listening to other group
participants describe their own abusive behavior. Members also
participate in group discussions about selected topics on “power-and-control”
and equality in a relationship.
BIP frequently tests and challenges each group member’s behavior.
Progress is made only if the abuser is self-accountable for all
behaviors, and develops the flexibility to make behavioral changes.
This individual progress, or lack of progress, is regularly reported
to probation officers. If an abuser does not make sufficient
progress they may be dropped from the group and returned to Court
We cannot guarantee immediate or permanent change. If a group
member misses four sessions they are dropped from the group and
the victim and probation officer are immediately notified.
The victim, the Police Department, and the person’s probation
officer are immediately notified if the abuser makes statements
about harming the victim, family members, or anyone else.
The victim may contact the group facilitator at any time to report abusive behavior or to report any other pertinent information. The victim has been given the right to make this contact when the abuser signs the Group Rules. The abuser will not be informed of any information provided by the victim.
An assessment is required for this group. Please contact the Intake Coordinator at 804.545.5907 or 1.800.974.4494 for information regarding assessments.