Batterer's Intervention & Prevention Program


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Counseling Services | Family Support Services Of Amarillo

If you have been accused or charged with domestic violence or assault (family violence) , you could be ordered to complete the Batterer’s Intervention & Prevention Program, also called BIPP. Sometimes, BIPP will be ordered by the judge as part of your probation, and sometimes your attorney will request that you complete BIPP before your court date in an effort to get your case dismissed without trial.The BIPP Program teaches how to identify, examine, and reconsider core beliefs and thoughts that support use of violence in intimate relationships. Clients discuss and practice new behaviors and skills with the goal of ending their use of violence.

The battering intervention & prevention program (BIPP) specializes in domestic/family violence intervention and prevention of battering behaviors used to gain power/control within an intimate relationship, marriage, or family. Battering is a repeated use of behavior(s) over time to establish control over another person. Anger is usually the emotion that is summoned by a batterer to create the battering mood to evoke an emotion of fear. Battering can begin with a simple menacing look with the intent to condition a fear of an escalation of use of violence. A person uses battering when he or she believes they are entitled to control an intimate partner, family member or person who has been living with him or her. People who batter use their behaviors strategically. The person who is initiating the abusive and/or violent behaviors is focused to bring a specific calculated result, usually to control.
The BIPP curriculum focuses on a person’s history of abuse and is designed to teach accountability as a means to engage those who batter through dialogue by facilitating reflective and critical thinking. This program is effective because it is based on the dynamics of peer-accountability, a methodology that has been successfully employed for twenty years. 

The BIPP curriculum is not:

Anger management which addresses a total lack of anger control.

Individual counseling which focuses on diagnosis of a mental disorder (beyond an individual's self-control).

Support group which focuses on getting through a traumatic time providing a sympathetic understanding.

Couple’s counseling which focuses on reconciling troublesome differences in a relationship and both in the relationship share equal fault.

BIPP Topics
•non-violence
•non-threatening behavior
•respect
•support and trust
•honesty and accountability
•sexual respect
•partnership
•negotiation and fairness
To sign up for BIPP or learn more, please contact Eloy Reyes at 806-342-2500.

Contact FSS

Office phone: 806-342-2500

24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Hotline phone number: 806-374-5433

Toll Free 24-Hour Crisis Hotline phone number:  844-363-3452 

We are located at 1001 S. Polk, Amarillo Texas , 79101

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline

Individuals needing assistance who are deaf or hearing impaired may contact us with the assistance of Relay Texas. Dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-RELAYTX (1-800-735-2989) for assistance in communicating with our Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Hotline. The Hotline has an Advocate available 24 hours, 7 days per week.