Welcome to the Domestic Violence Institute of Texas
Domestic violence comes in many different forms. We often think of domestic violence as a man beating a woman. However, it can also include sexual abuse, emotional abuse and child abuse. In many cases, those who perpetrate domestic violence on their partners also use emotional tactics, sex and even the kids as weapons and targets. Many children who come from an abusive home experience some type of abuse themselves and often grow up to be batterers and victims themselves.
Domestic violence and abuse is all about a need for power and using violence as a control method to seek power. The batterer must be a person of power in the family structure and must be using violence or other behavior to control the actions of others. This is the basic essence of what domestic violence is all about. The perception of power in the relationship by the batterer as well as those around them and the need for constant control. Domestic violence is the ultimate form of control.
Who is responsible for domestic violence? The batterer. Not society. Not drugs or alcohol. Not a history of violence in their home. Not the economy. Not the victim (as many batterers will often blame the victim for their behavior). The cause of domestic violence is the fault of the batterer. He or she has made a choice to use this weapon as a way to exercise power and control in the relationship.
Domestic violence is wrong - plain and simple. It is an unacceptable form of behavior in society and harms everyone who is a victim or even witnesses the abuse. Just about every single person knows someone who is a batterer, has been the victim of a batterer, has perpetrated acts of violence against family members or has been a victim.
Are all batterers men? Absolutely not. But men are the perpetrators of most cases of domestic violence against their partners. The Domestic Violence Institute of Texas Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) provide services for male batterers only.
The purpose of the Domestic Violence Institute of Texas’ Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is to help male batterers understand their actions and how they alone can control their behavior so that they can live without violence. It is not the purpose of this program to find excuses for the batterers’ behavior or to even try to understand it, although we will discuss how this behavior is learned. This program will teach batters how to recognize their actions, the effect they have on everyone around them, how to re-learn their thought process and how to control their behavior. If they want power and control, they must seek it over themselves and learn that they have the power to change their behavior and control their actions.
The Domestic Violence Institute of Texas is dedicated to taking an active role in our community to increase the awareness of domestic violence. We pledge to do everything in our power--every day--to stop domestic violence.