On March 14, 2016, DVC began overseeing the Batterer's Intervention Program, (BIP) referred to as WAVE-Working to Aleviate Violent Encounters. Although Primarily men, this program is set up to allow perpetrators of domestic violence to learn skills to control their own anger and controlling behaviors, to understand why they batter, and to acknowledge that it is THEIR problem to address, and finally to show remorse for the crimes they have committed.
There are 3 groups. A 36 week BIP program, usually ordered as part of felony sentencing or as a condition of probation or parole. These individuals have been convicted of at least 3 domestic violence charges.
A 17 week BIP program. This program is ordered on DV1 or DV2 through district court. These are misdemeanor level convictions. It may also be ordered from CPS when there is a case involving domestic violence, or you may choose to get help on your own. There is also a female BIP class at this level.
Both BIP programs cost $25 per session. The 36 week class also requires an evaluation which costs $50.
Finally, sometimes a perpetrator slips through and is sentenced to Anger Management. We have a 12 week Anger Management class which is specifically geared towards perpetrators of domestic violence. This class costs $30 per session.
Why Batterer's Interventions instead of Anger Management?
Common Differences Between Anger Management and Batterer Intervention Programs
In Anger Management (AM) anger is viewed as the primary problem.
In a BIP-Abuse and control are viewed as the primary problem.
In AM-the primary focus is on managing the emotions.
In BIP -the primary focus is on changing the beliefs and behaviors
In AM. -Abuse is seen as due to a loss of control.
IN BIP -Abuse is seen as a desire for taking control.
In AM -Intervention is short term (2-16 weeks).
In BIP-Intervention is long term (16-601weeks).
In AM-Little attention is given to the consequences.
In BIP -Repeated reminders of the damage caused to themselves and their victims
In AM -Generally no identified victim(s).
In BIP-There are identified victim(s)and they must be acknowledged every session
In AM. -No addressing of empathy for the victim.
In BIP -Empathy building for victim is common.
In AM -Little or no attention given to accountability.
In BIP-Accountability is paramount.
In AM -Gender is not considered to be an issue.
In BIP -Sexism and gender socialization are viewed as significant factors.
IN AM -It is viewed as a personal mental health issue.
In BIP -It is viewed as a social, societal issue.
For more information or to start attending classes you can contact us at the following:
By phone at 269-415-0046 - Ask for Melanie
By Cell Phone - 269-506-8074 - Ask for Mike
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