Often considered a “women’s issue,” domestic violence is a rampant problem that affects millions of individuals and families. Approximately 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and the majority of perpetrators are male. Brooklyn, in particular, has the highest domestic violence rate in New York City, holding approximately 31% of citywide domestic incident reports.
Educate and provide resources that focus on encouraging participants to take responsibility for their abusive acts and explore the greater impact of violence.
How We Do it:
Through a 16-week educational program, BIP is based on the empirically-tested intervention strategy of the Duluth Model, a psycho-educational and skills-building curriculum. It is taught in group sessions that emphasize the development of critical thinking skills on eight themes:
2. Non-threatening behavior
4. Support & trust
5. Accountability & honesty
6. Sexual respect
8. Negotiation & fairness
Sessions are facilitated by our staff who are trained in Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter and begin with a demonstration of the specific controlling behavior. Each group member describes his own use of the controlling behavior and alternative behaviors are then explored.
The Outcomes of BIP
The Brooklyn Batterers Intervention program has successfully educated male offenders to help end domestic violence.
What People Say About BIP
This program helped me understand things about myself I never knew. I learned to accept responsibility for the circumstances in my life and understand my own insecurities so that I can change myself in order to change my circumstances.
BIP was not what I expected, but in a good way. I lucked out with my facilitator. She was very informative with facts and objective perspectives – not opinions. That said, the subjective views that she did hold were realistic and morally correct. I felt that all of the instructors were knowledgeable and individually strong in their own way. They all help with their best ability.
I was happy to participate in this program even though in the beginning I believed I shouldn’t have had to be there. I learned to control my temper and anger and to be more positive in life.
At first I didn’t want to be here, but over the last few weeks, with Jemere’s and Scott’s guidance, my feelings have changed. This program has helped and what’s more is hearing testimonies from my peers, which help me to understand myself and what I need to do to improve. I’ve learned to be patient and to understand my actions that cause problems to escalate. My instructors had different styles, both both were effective. One uses dead-pan humor, while the other speaks more directly. Both were informative, smart, and were able to address a situation by breaking it down to a basic level so I could understand.
BIP is a great program! It helped me understand a lot that I can do to better my relationships in the future by being accountable for my actions. I thought the instructors were very well educated and their knowledge helped me open my eyes to understanding that a relationship is a joint partnership.
I actually grew and learned more each week much more than I expected, like with self-control, moral values, and shared responsibility.
BIP is very helpful as long as you’re willing to accept the help, and I was. I learned acceptance and responsibility and the instructors were definitely not boring while teaching about avoiding conflict and bad circles.
BIP is great and is helping me in all aspects of my life. I’m learning communication and a whole new different level of control. The teachers are the best – they’re honest, respectful, and understanding, and they taught me that self happiness is the key and will make everything else fall into place.