Batterer Intervention Provider Program
A Batterer Intervention Provider offers 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 offenders 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 Batterer Intervention Providers work closely with domestic violence shelters, community courts, corrections, and child welfare as they receive most of their referrals from these entities. Batterers’ Intervention groups meet on a weekly basis, up to 32 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.
The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is responsible for overseeing the Batterers’ Intervention Program (BIP), the certification process for providers, and ensure overall quality and consistency for service providers (both individuals and programs) that work with people who use violence.