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The goal of the 26-week Batterers Intervention Program is to educate participants on healthy family relationships. Domestic abuse affects everyone in the family. Taught in a weekly group setting, BIP promotes feedback, participation,  and education. Participants hold each other accountable as they share appropriate experiences. 

BIP benefits include:

  • Healthier, happier families;
  • Reduction in emergency room, law enforcement, Department of Social Services calls;
  • Better parents;
  • Break/influence the generational cycle of violence.

BIP topics include:

  • Introduction to Domestic Violence
  • Recognizing anger—feelings vs. behavior
  • How to stop violence NOW
  • Understanding the use of violence, intimidation and isolation as a tactic of control
  • Responsibility for self
  • Defining non-violence
  • Non-threatening behavior
  • Effective communication
  • Respect
  • Understanding the use of emotional abuse
  • Drug and alcohol involvement
  • Honesty and accountability
  • Effects of violence on children
  • Assessing lethality
  • Victim safety
  • Responsible parenting
  • Using children as a tactic of control
  • Trust and support
  • Mental disorders associated with Domestic Violence
  • Negotiation and fairness
  • Shared responsibility
  • Using gender entitlement

BIP  is certified by the North Carolina Council for Women/Domestic Violence Commission in compliance with State Statute NCAC Section .0700, Chapter 17. For more information, about BIP, call Jessica Powell, Outreach Program Coordinator, at 894-2340 or email

Many thanks to Family Violence Prevention Services Program, US DHHS, and NC Council for Women for financial support and to our major golf tournament sponsors.