WV Batterer Intervention & Prevention Program

BIPP Purpose & Philosophy

The purpose of the Batterer Intervention & Prevention Program (BIPP) is to reduce the frequency and severity of domestic violence in the communities that the program serves. The BIPP works in collaboration with the local Domestic Violence program to provide the communities served with the most comprehensive range of appropriate services. 

The BIPP is licensed by the West Virginia Family Protection Services Board (FPSB) and is offered by a variety of entities. The BIPP collaborates with the legal system to address the problem of Domestic Violence (DV) in the most consistent and appropriate manner possible. Assisting the local DV program in maintaining victim safety and assisting the legal system to hold perpetrators appropriately accountable for their abusive behavior are the BIPP’s highest priorities.

Core Beliefs of BIPP

  • Domestic Violence is a serious crime against both the victim and the entire family system.
  • DV perpetrators will usually continue to engage in a pattern of abusive/controlling behavior until society (not merely the victim or family) holds them accountable for this behavior.
  • Battering is a behavior that perpetrators have learned; it is NOT the result of heredity, addiction, or any unalterable medical, psychological, or personality condition.
  • Accountability for abusive behavior is neither eliminated nor minimized by alcohol/other drug problems, mental illness, or by behavior on the part of the victim that the abuser perceives as inflammatory.
  • Abusive behavior which is learned can be “unlearned,” or replaced with behavior that is more appropriate, respectful, and empathic.
  • The potential for arrest and incarceration are the consequences that most DV perpetrators are most eager to avoid.
  • Perpetrators of Domestic offenses that do not involve physical violence (e.g. Domestic Stalking, Telephone Harassment) generally hold the same beliefs and motives as DV perpetrators.
  • Perpetrator intervention programs are the most effective services that are available in order to provide offenders with the assistance they need in accepting appropriate levels of responsibility for their behavior and developing appropriate alternatives to abusive/controlling behavior the essential components of healthy intimate (and/or other domestic) relationships.
  • Until the perpetrator has successfully completed a perpetrator intervention program that is conducted in accordance with FPSB guidelines, other forms of treatment that purport to address the abusive behavior itself (particularly any treatment that require involvement from the victim/other family) are NOT appropriate, and can actually increase the potential danger to the victim(s).

Nature of the program

The BIPP is a thirty-two (32) week program, with one group session per week and each session lasting for 90-120 minutes. The BIPP is operated in accordance with all applicable FPSB guidelines.

The content of the BIPP includes all forms of abusive behavior identified on the Power & Control Wheel in addition to healthy alternatives identified on the Equality Wheel, initially developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project of Duluth, MN (DAIP). This information is conveyed through a variety of formats, including facilitator lecture, group discussion, client self-disclosure, videos, and written handouts.

Other sources of program content include education about the prevalence and severity of DV both locally and nationwide, the relationship between alcohol/other drug abuse and DV, the characteristics distinguishing the BIPP from traditional anger management treatment, the characteristics that distinguish male-perpetrated DV from female-perpetrated DV, the etiology and impact of belief systems that condone abusive behavior, and the course of abusive relationships.

Get Help Today

If you are currently experiencing abuse, an advocate is available to assist you with options and a safety plan at your local DV program or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

You are not alone, and we are here to help.

Important Note

West Virginia Code § 61-11-22 maintains that no person charged with a crime of domestic violence, or certain other crimes, is eligible for pretrial diversion. West Virginia Code § 61-11-22a, however, permits a person charged with a first offense crimes of domestic violence to participate in a period of deferred adjudication under certain specific circumstances. Those charged with crimes of domestic violence, sexual violence—or crimes where the victim is a family or household member—should speak with their attorney to determine if they’re eligible for pre-trial diversion or deferred adjudication under these codes. Intervention programs, including BIPP, are the most effective way we have of helping offenders accept responsibility for their abusive behavior, and of helping them learn healthy alternatives to those behaviors.

In-person local and virtual BIPPs are available across West Virginia

Barbour Berkeley Boone Braxton Brooke Cabell Calhoun Clay Doddridge Fayette Gilmer Grant Greenbrier Hampshire Hancock Hardy Harrison Jackson Jefferson Kanawha Lewis Lincoln Logan Marion Marshall Mason McDowell Mercer Mineral Mingo Monongalia Monroe Morgan Nicholas Ohio Pendleton Pleasants Pocahontas Preston Putnam Raleigh Randolph Ritchie Roane Summers Taylor Tucker Tyler Upshur Wayne Webster Wetzel Wirt Wood Wyoming

No in-person program in your area? Find virtual programs below.

BIPP Programs with Virtual Classes

ABC Program (Abusive Behavior is Criminal)

PO Box 4228
Morgantown, WV 26504
Class Site: Virtual

Cory Russell
304-292-5100 (work)
304-292-0204 (fax)
coryr@rdvic.org

Services Offered:

  • Men’s Group ☒
  • Women’s Group ☒
  • Virtual ☒

Accepting referrals:

  • Probation Dept. ☒
  • Parole ☒
  • Voluntary (Non-Court) ☒
  • Circuit Court ☒
  • Day Report / Drug Court☒
  • Program Transfer ☒
  • CPS / APS ☒
  • Magistrate Court ☒
  • Family Court ☒

Required Documents:

  • Plea Agreement and police report.
  • Referral Form from CPS or Family Court.

CANNOT BE ON PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION, BOND, OR DEFERRED ADJUDICATION.

Community Alternatives to Violence

314 Wilson St.
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Class Sites: Virtual, Martinsburg, Charles Town, Berkeley Springs
www.commav.org   

Jo Elliott
304-262-4424 (work)
866-332-2906 (fax)
info@commav.org

Services Offered:

  • Men’s Group ☒
  • Women’s Group ☒
  • Virtual ☒
  • In-Person ☒

Accepting Referrals:

  • Magistrate Court ☒
  • Family Court ☒
  • Probation Dept. ☒
  • Parole ☒
  • Voluntary (Non-Court) ☒
  • Circuit Court ☒
  • Day Report / Drug Court☒
  • Program Transfer ☒
  • CPS / APS ☒

YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program

1100 Chapline St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
Class Sites:

  • Virtual
  • 1 Oak Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041
  • 52 – 16th St, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • 3828 Main St, Weirton, WV 26062

www.ywcawheeling.org  

John Nardone, Steve Lulla, or Kathy Furbee
304-232-2748 (work)
304-232-0513 (fax)
jnardone@ywcawheeling.org
Steve_lulla@comcast.net
Kshelek-furbee@bethanywv.edu

Services Offered:

  • Men’s Group ☒
  • Women’s Group ☒
  • In-Person ☒
  • Virtual ☒

Accepting Referrals:

  • Magistrate Court ☒
  • Family Court ☒
  • Probation Dept. ☒
  • Parole ☒
  • Voluntary (Non-Court) ☒
  • Circuit Court ☒
  • Day Report / Drug Court ☒
  • Program Transfer ☒

Required Documents: Court order, referral form, and documentation regarding allegations.

Putnam Day Report Center

11624 Winfield Rd. Unit 4
Winfield, WV 25213
Class Site: Winfield and Virtual

Kimberly Sanford or Jamey Hunt
putnamdrc@gmail.com
ksanfordpdrc@gmail.com
304-204-1406 (work)
304-204-1405 (fax)

Services Offered:

  • Men’s Group ☒
  • Women’s Group ☒
  • In-Person ☒
  • Virtual ☒

Accepting Referrals:

  • Circuit Court ☒
  • Day Report / Drug Court☒
  • Program Transfer ☒
  • CPS / APS ☒
  • Magistrate Court ☒
  • Probation Dept. ☒
  • Parole ☒

Required Documents: Court order or referral form, report documenting allegations

Some programs require court referrals from a magistrate court, a family court, a circuit court, etc.  while others accept voluntary applicants. If you need a court referral, this information may be helpful: