AVDA's fully-accredited Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) provides services to men and women who have been violent, abusive, and/or controlling in their intimate and family relationships to recognize, accept responsibility for, and end this behavior. There are four phases to BIPP, all of which are available in both Spanish and English.
AVDA's office is located at 1001 Texas Ave, in Downtown Houston. Group sessions are held at this office and in numerous locations throughout Harris, Galveston, and Montgomery counties. Locations include:
Cost of service
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Community Justice Assistance Division encourages accredited BIPP programs to charge participants for services as a way of reinforcing that abusive behavior has consequences. Fees are as follows:
AVDA is the first in the state to be fully accredited by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Community Justice Assistance Division.
In 1995, TDCJ-CJAD adopted Battering Intervention and Prevention Program Guidelines to establish minimum standards for service providers and contracted with the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) to monitor and evaluate such programs throughout the state. Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse has been audited by both TCFV and TDCJ-CJAD and has been proven to meet the state guidelines.
What to expect
BIPP is not an anger management program. The program curriculum DOES address anger management issues and teach certain 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.
The State of Texas has established standards for BIPP service providers that caution against sending those who batter to anger management programs for a variety of reasons. Anger management programs often fail to adequately address victim safety and may in fact place battering victims in greater danger by enforcing the perpetrator's belief that the victim provokes his anger and precipitates the abuse. Anger management programs also fail to emphasize the perpetrator's responsibility for his abusive behavior and prolong his denial by teaching him that if he gets angry enough then he will "explode."
This is a very demanding and challenging program that is extremely beneficial for some, but not all. 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. The participant, not the program, is the one responsible for changing his/her violent and abusive behavior.
Research on AVDA's BIPP Shows…
One of the imminent researchers in the field of domestic violence is sociologist Edward W. Gondolf, PhD, of Indiana University in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gondolf was the Principal Investigator for a six-year longitudinal study of batterer programs funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AVDA's BIPP – then known as the PIVOT Project – participated in this study. The following is a summary of the findings, as published in Batter Intervention Systems: Issues, Outcomes, and Recommendations (2002, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA).
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse was selected to be one of four model programs nationwide to participate in a multi-site evaluation of batterer intervention sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This six-year study (1994-2000) included a four-year longitudinal follow-up (interviews every three months) with men arrested for domestic violence (n=840) and their female partners.
Approximately two-thirds of the men had not re-assaulted their partners at 15 months (1¼ years) after program intake, and nearly 60% were still violence-free at the 30- month follow-up (2½ years after program intake). The program dropouts were 30% more likely to re-assault than the completers (50% vs. 35%), a difference that remains significant when controlling for possible differences in completer and non-completer characteristics.
At 30 months, 80% of the men had not committed an assault in the previous year to year and a half. That is, the vast majority of men did interrupt their violence for and extended period of time, despite histories of severe violence, previous arrest, and alcohol misuse. Moreover, over three-quarters of the women said that they felt "very safe" and as many women felt their lives had improved overall.
These rates were comparable to the other three sites in the study and show AVDA's BIPP to be demonstrably effective in interrupting and reducing woman assault. AVDA not only has an established and documented track record as verified by independent researchers of international reputation, but also the evaluation feedback and experience that make our BIPP a dynamic and progressive program.
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