Batterers' Intervention Programs
last updated 9 October 2008

In the United States, a Batterers' Intervention Program (BIP) is a program that batterers attend, usually as part of the legal system response to an act of domestic violence.  A batterer may also attend a program voluntarily.  A BIP can play an important role in a coordinated community response to domestic violence, but it is important that victim safety and offender accountability remain the primary goals of a BIP.  Other goals may include education and rehabilitation of the batterer. In the US, if the batterer is referred to a BIP by a court or state agency, attendance and completion of the BIP are monitored by that agency.

Many CEE/FSU countries include provisions for treatment or rehabilitation programs for batterers in their Laws on Domestic Violence.  For example, see BulgariaGeorgia and Albania.  However, due to a lack of governmental support, few such programs have been implemented.  From:  Hagemann-White, Carol, and Bohn, Sabine, Protecting Women against Violence:  Analytical study on the effective implementation of Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Strasbourg, 2007.


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[1] Bennett, L., and Williams, O., Controversies and Recent Studies of Batterer Intervention Effectiveness, August 2001, www.vawnet

[2] Hagemann-White, Carol, and Bohn, Sabine, Protecting Women against Violence:  Analytical study on the effective implementation of Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Strasbourg, 2007

[3] Adams, David, “Treatment Programs for Batterers,” Clinics in Family Practice, Vol. 5 No. 1, March 2003, p. 171

[4] Sullivan, Cris M., and Adams, Adrienne E., “A National Review of Outcomes and Indicators Used to Evaluate Domestic Violence Programs,” prepared for United Way of Greater Milwaukee, February 2007

[5] Sullivan, Cris M., and Adams, Adrienne E., “A National Review of Outcomes and Indicators Used to Evaluate Domestic Violence Programs,” prepared for United Way of Greater Milwaukee, February 2007

[6] Ibid, note 2

[7] Ibid, note 2

[8] Hagemann-White, Carol, and Bohn, Sabine, Protecting Women against Violence:  Analytical study on the effective implementation of Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Strasbourg, 2007

[9] Hagemann-White, Carol, and Bohn, Sabine, Protecting Women against Violence:  Analytical study on the effective implementation of Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Strasbourg, 2007.

[10] Rothman, Emily F., Butchart, Alexander and Cerda, Magdalena, Intervening with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence:  A Global Perspective, World Health Organization 2003 at http://www.coe.int/equality/

 

[11] Ibid., p. 3

[12] National Institute of Justice, Special Report:  Batterers Intervention Programs:  Where Do We Go From Here? June 2003, www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij

[13] National Institute of Justice, Special Report:  Batterers Intervention Programs:  Where Do We Go From Here? June 2003, www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij

[14] Adams, p. ?

[15] Adams, David, Treatment Programs for Batterers, Family and Community Violence, Clinics in Family Practice, Volume 5, Number 1, March 2003. 

[16] See Pence and Paymar,   [fill in HERE!]  National Institute of Justice, “Batterer Intervention Programs:  Where Do We Go From Here?” by the US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, US Dept of Justice, June 2003
 

[17] Gondolf, Edward W., Batterer Intervention Systems:  Issues, Outcomes and Recommendations, Thousand Oaks:  Sage Publications, 2003
 

[18] Edelson, Jeffrey, and Tolman, Richard, Intervention for Men Who Batter:  An Ecological Approach (1992)

[19] Hagemann-White, Carol, and Bohn, Sabine, Protecting Women against Violence:  Analytical study on the effective implementation of Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the protection of women against violence in Council of Europe member states, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Strasbourg, 2007.

[20] Ibid.

[21] Ibid, note 26, p. 33

[22] Ibid, note 26, p. 29

[23] Ibid Note 26, p. 72-73

[24] Ibid p. 17

[25] Ibid.

[26] Ibid. p. 19

[27] Ibid pp. 28-29

[28] Ibid p. 24

[29] Gondolf, Edward W., Batterer Intervention Systems: Issued, Outcomes and Recommendations, Thousand Oaks:  Sage Publications, 2003

[30] Ask permission to cite from Lundy’s article: Bancroft, Lundy, “Assessing and Monitoring Programs for Men Who Abuse Women,” March 20078- get permission to cite!;  Bennett, Larry, and Williams, Oliver, “Controversies and Recent Studies of Batterer Intervention Program Effectiveness” at www.vanet.org; “Does Batterer Intervention Work?” at http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=eohhs2subtopic&L=6&L0=Home&L1=Consumer&L2=Family+Services&L3=Violence%2c+Abuse+or+Neglect&L4=Offender+Services&L5=Batterer+Intervention&sid=Eeohhs2

[31] See Guidelines for Assessing Change in Abusive Men at LundyBancroft.com

[32] Ask permission ibid

[33] http://www.biscmi.org/other_resources/state_standards.html

[34] Austin, Juliet, and Dankwort, Juergen, A Review of Standards for Batterer Intervention Programs, Harrisburg, PA, 1997: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Last acc. 7/15/08 http://www.vawnet.org

[35] ICADV BIP Standards, www. ?

[36] See www.emergedv.com

[37] “Treatment for Male Batterers- A National Study of Batterer Intervention” at www.libraryindex.cim/pages/2063/Treatment-Male-Batterer-NATIONAL-STUDY-BATTERER-INTERVENTION.html last acc. 7/15/08  Check this cite!

[38] cite,last acc. 7/15/08

[39] See www.emergedv/ etc.

[40] http://www.amendinc.org, last acc. 7/15/08

 

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