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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