Battering Intervention and Prevention Program - BIPP Classes
The purpose of the Domestic Violence Institute's 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.
Services are offered in Four phases
PHASE I: Registration
Individuals must register themselves for program services. They are required to call the office 281-970-6611 between 8:00 AM. and 8:00 PM Monday through Friday to schedule an evaluation appointment and/or complete this on-line Intake Form.
PHASE II: Evaluation
The participant meets individually (face-to-face) with the facilitator of the group that he has chosen to attend. The facilitator Conducts Psycho-social History and Domestic Violence Inventory, which includes a detailed intimate relationship history and abusive behavior history, as well as a detailed report of the offending incident when relevant.
Participants should bring a Photo ID, and Judge, Attorney, Probation Officer, or Parole Officer's Name, Phone & Fax number (if applicable).
The primary purpose of the face-to-face session is to evaluate the potential client's ability to participate and progress appropriately in a group setting as well to identify any exacerbating factors, e.g. substance abuse or psychological issues, requiring further evaluation.
PHASE III: Orientation
During the orientation, which is conducted in an interactive group format in order to help prepare the client for the group experience, the client receives information about the philosophy and structure of the program, the group rules, and the rights and responsibilities of a participant.
PHASE IV: On-going Group Sessions
After completing phases II & III (evaluation and orientation sessions), participants enter an on-going group sessions. All groups are conducted per State BIPP Guidelines.
Groups average between 10 and 15 individuals in attendance.
In order to successfully complete the program, participants are required to:
(a) Complete a minimum of 18 weekly two-hour group sessions.
(b) Pay fee at the time of each session
(c) Participate appropriately in the work of the group.
An individual's completion of the program in no way guarantees that he will change or that he will no longer be abusive.
Completion only indicates that he met the minimum requirements of attendance, participation, and payment for services.
Group sessions are held five (5) days a week:
Monday: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Thursday: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Friday: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Cost of service
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD) requires accredited BIPP programs to charge participants for services as a way of reinforcing that abusive behavior has consequences.
Fees are as follows:
Evaluation Standard fee of $25
Orientation Standard fee of $25
Group Sessions Fees for group services are assessed on a sliding scale based on the client's gross income, with a minimum of $30 per session to a maximum of $50.