Domestic Violence Institute of Texas
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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.
are offered in Four phases:
PHASE II: Evaluation
Participants should bring a Photo ID, and Judge, Attorney, Probation Officer, or Parole Officer's Name, Phone & Fax number (if applicable).
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
PHASE IV: On-going Group Sessions
Groups average between 10 and 15 individuals in attendance.
In order to successfully complete the program, participants are required to:
a minimum of 18 weekly two-hour group sessions.
Note: 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.
DVI-TX is located at
Freeway, Suite 420
Group sessions are held five (5) days a week:
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:
Standard fee of $25
BIPP facilitators are recruited from a variety of backgrounds. All are degreed professionals, and many of them have completed masters programs and have licensure. Each facilitator participates in an intensive initial training program before beginning to facilitate groups solo. In addition, each facilitator receives at least 20 hours of continuing education each year through staff in-service training, conferences, and other activities.
All participants are required to remove all firearms from the homes during their participation in the program.
Each participant MUST sign a release of information that allows BIPP to have contact with his victim as well as his referral source. Victims are notified about the participant's enrollment in, and exit from, BIPP. Progress reports on court-mandated participants are mailed to the referral source on a monthly basis.
Each participant must read, sign, and adhere to DVI-TX Group Rules, please review BIPP Group Rules and Program Regulations.
What to expect:
BIPP is not an anger management program. The program curricula address some anger management issues and teach some anger management skills, but it is much more comprehensive in its approach. The curriculum addresses socio-cultural issues, particularly regarding gender and violence, teaches and develops critical thinking skills, and includes therapeutic topic elements, such as empathy, accountability, and communication.
are requiring both BIPP Classes and Anger Management Classes, we strongly
suggest you complete the BIPP Classes before you take Anger Management
Classes, the violent, abusive, controlling, and aggressive behavior must
be addressed before you take on the task of learning effective anger control