A BIP is an education based program that makes victim safety its primary priority, holds offenders accountable, and promotes a coordinated community response to domestic violence. The goal of a BIP is to provide men who use violence with the opportunity and skills to change the behavior, beliefs, and attitudes that support their use of violence against intimate partners.
Certified BIPs work closely with community courts, corrections, and child welfare as they receive most of their referrals from these entities. Batterers’ Intervention groups meet on a weekly basis for 26-40 weeks depending on the program. Furthermore, BIPs are required to collaborate with victim service providers to ensure that the victim/survivor/partner of a participant receives and/or has access to supportive services.
Click here for a map of BIP programs in Indiana.
ICADV’s Role in the Batterers’ Intervention Program Standards
In accordance with IC 35-50-9-1, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is responsible for overseeing the Batterers’ Intervention Program (BIP) Standards and certification process to ensure overall quality and consistency for service providers (both individuals and programs) that work with men who use violence.
In order to obtain program certification, an applicant must submit a detailed policy and procedure manual utilizing the ICADV BIP standards as minimum guidelines for operation. Each program policy must include detailed procedures for implementation that align with the program’s structure, capacity, and mission. Additionally, each program must employee certified providers. To obtain provider certification, an individual applicant must complete the required observation, facilitation, and education requirements outlined in Standard 1.3.
Certified programs are required to re-submit policies and procedures, curriculum, participant orientation information, and victim safety requirements biennially for review by the ICADV program coordinator. In addition, each certified facilitator is required to be monitored quarterly by a recognized victim advocate. These reports are submitted to the ICADV program coordinator for review and follow up if necessary.
Next Steps: Serving all Offenders
ICADV recognizes that, regardless of an abuser’s biological sex or gender identity, domestic violence is a grave personal and social problem. It is necessary to have uniformly competent, ethical interventions to protect the safety of all victims and to hold all abusers accountable. Members of marginalized groups who are referred to intervention programs have a right to expect to be held accountable in equal measure to people from dominant groups; to be treated with equal levels of fairness and competence; and to face similar consequences, financial or otherwise.
At the same time, ICADV recognizes that heterosexual men, heterosexual women and LGBTQ people come to the intervention with distinct collective histories; differing beliefs that flow from unique cultural identities, lived experiences, and distinct elements that contribute to the core cause of their use of violence, power and control. For this reason, ICADV has undertaken to establish separate intervention programs standards for heterosexual men, for heterosexual women, and for members of LGBTQ communities. The initiative to develop distinct standard will begin in fall of 2015.
- Form A: Program Application
- Form B: Provider Application
- Form C: Provider Code of Ethics
- Form D: Provider Advancement Application
- Form E: CEU Submission Form
- Form F: Monitoring Report
- Form G: Annual Report Form
- Form H: Recertification Application
Click here for a video by Terry Moore, Nonviolent Alternatives, on training Family Case Managers about the DCS Standards for BIP. It explain what a Batterers Intervention Program is, what it isn’t, and how it differs from typical counseling. It also discusses why BIP facilitators can’t report “progress” but can only report compliance with rules.
History of BIPs in Indiana
- 1997-2000: Programs across the state working with both men who use violence and survivors contacted ICADV to form the original BIP committee. This committee, with input from key stakeholders, drafted the first ICADV BIP Standards. The ICADV Board of Directors adopted the standards in November 2001.
- 2001-2010: While considered best practice, obtaining BIP certification was a voluntary commitment.
- 2007: The BIP committee reviewed and revised the standards.
- 2011: Effective July 2011, the Indiana State Legislature passed SB 465 requiring that those individuals convicted of domestic battery and sentenced to a batterers intervention program, must attend an intervention program certified by ICADV. As anticipated, ICADV received an influx of BIP applications for review. Since July 2012, the number of certified programs has increased from six to twenty programs statewide.
- 2013-2015: In August 2013, the ICADV program coordinator and technical assistance coordinator convened three regional town hall meetings to discuss strengths, weaknesses, and implementation barriers in the current standards. It was also at these meetings that representatives from each region were elected to serve on the newly formed advisory council. In October 2013, the ICADV BIP Advisory Council began reviewing and revising the standards adopted in 2007. On March 20, 2015 the ICADV Board of Directors approved the revised Standards.
- In 2016, the Standards were updated and approved by the Board of Directors.