Batterers Intervention Prevention Programs provide classes that are designed for those who have:
- Chosen abusive, controlling or violent behavior toward a partner in a relationship;
- Have a pattern of working to make their partner do things or keep them from doing things using words, actions and attitudes;
- Constantly alienate, irritate and serve to coerce a partner to bow to their will.
West Virginia BIPP are psycho-educational classes consisting of 4-16 participants and one to two class facilitators. Classes offer education about identifying hurtful patterns of behavior, alternatives to such behavior, working toward repairs and amends in addition to discussing past and current patterns of behavior and giving and receiving feedback throughout the process.
Each BIPP is licensed and monitored by the Family Protection Services Board. Each program varies in its policies and procedures, but is bound to regulations noted in Legislative Rule Title 191, Series 3.
WV Licensed BIPPs are NOT:
- Anger Management (this is a service focused on general issues of violence and aggression toward strangers or non-intimate family members whereas BIPP is focused on hurtful behavior in intimate partner relationships)
- Mental Health Counseling or Therapy (BIPP is psychoeducation – it does not diagnose or treat mental illness or disorders, but offers opportunities to make changes in behavior patterns that are hurtful to a partner and family members)
- Punishment (BIPPs are designed to be opportunities for change via offering education and feedback that can assist in not only avoiding future legal consequences of behavior but can also offer a chance to build a fulfilling and healthy relationship)