Batterers Intervention Programs (BIP)
Arkansas currently has no official state standards of accreditation for BIP. Below is general information on what we recommend for BIP, as well as what to keep in mind when referring a person to attend BIP.
In order for batterers to change their behavior, they must first acknowledge their abusive behavior and that they alone are accountable for making the choice to abuse. Successful intervention requires the monitoring of individual behaviors over time and a concentrated focus on individual responsibility, choice, and accountability.
Although success ultimately depends on a batterer’s willingness to change, some existing batterer intervention programs may fall short of what is required for successful intervention. What follows are important considerations for judges, and others interested in this curriculum, in selecting credible (according to ACADV) batterer intervention programs:
- Group sessions with a recommended duration of 26 to 52 sessions or longer. Twenty-six sessions are the generally accepted minimum for BIP programs. Longer participation allows for more exposure to the program material and more opportunity for professional staff to observe and monitor the batterer’s participation.
- It is not uncommon for batterers to test the system. To hold batterers accountable, any probation violation - no matter how small - must be addressed in immediate and meaningful ways. To do less may compromise victim safety and miss an opportunity to make an impact on the batterer, particularly regarding accountability and consequences.
- Programs or curriculum that focus on the following topics is considered inappropriate in addressing battering and abusive behavior. The ACADV strongly recommends programming based on the understanding that domestic violence is about power and control.
- Anger management
- Couple or family counseling
- Bringing the victim into contact with the batterer or disclosing confidential information about the victim to batterer
- Blame the victim for the batterer's abusive behavior or otherwise support the batterer's entitlement to abuse or control the victim.
- Identify psychopathology, poor impulse control, addiction, childhood experiences or skills deficits as the primary cause of battering.
For those interested in further research, please find more information on this subject at the links below.
Suggested BIP in Arkansas
Central Arkansas Group Counseling
Wide array of treatment plans overseen by Licensed Mental Health Professionals. All curriculum is evidenced-based.
Hours: M-F 9am – 8:00pm + Saturday classes
Domestic Violence Prevention Inc.
Located in Texarkana, Arkansas
All offices open
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Conway Counseling & Wellness Center
Holistic mental health treatments are available. Therapists have min. of master's degree with additional certifications.
Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm, Monday to Thursday
8:30 am – 3 pm Friday
(phone numbers vary by location)
Are you a service provider of BIP? Do you offer a version of BIP in your clinic or agency? Would you like to be added to our list of programs?
Please register your program with us using the following form: https://forms.gle/9rKAniJtamHTN3CP9.
Pending review, your program may be added to our website and used as we make referrals for BIP programs in Arkansas.