Restoring hope with dignity

Batterers Intervention Program (BIP)

The Joseph J. Peters Institute understands that domestic violence arises from multiple pathways within relationships and treating domestic violence batterers requires a commitment to recovery and restoration on both the part of the individuals being treated and our exemplary multi-disciplinary therapy team. Our ultimate goal is to help individuals discontinue violence in their relationships and live safe and healthy lives.

The Institute offers treatment services for adult (18+) males and females who have engaged in interpersonal violence (IPV)/Domestic Violence (DV).

All individuals receive a comprehensive evaluation, including risk assessment for violence and domestic violence recidivism and a psychiatric consultation. The evaluation is overseen by a licensed psychologist with expertise in treating domestic batterers.

Evaluation is followed by an assignment to treatment including group therapy using a combination of the Duluth Model Duluth Model of Domestic Violence Intervention Services
The Duluth Model is an evidenced-base treatment for interpersonal batterers. The model disassembles distorted thinking by building alternative, healthier beliefs and attitudes. This treatment involves group therapy, co-led by male and female therapists, focuses on full disclosure of the offense, with a client taking full responsibility for his or her actions, identifying patterns and learning to replace abusive behaviors with respectful ones
, Cognitive Behavioral and Supportive InterventionsCognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice that helps address distortions in thinking to change dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes that underlie offending behaviors. The treatment takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking, beliefs and behavior that are at the root of a person’s difficulties, ultimately changing the way he or she manages their lives.
, as well as individual therapy.

The focus of treatment is on helping the individual assess and change dysfunctional attitudes that support violence, build skills to better function interpersonally, and to identify and treat any co-morbid psychiatric conditions.

Making a full disclosure of the offense and taking full responsibility for one’s actions is central to successful treatment.

Our team works to help individuals identify maladaptive attitudinal and behavior patterns and develop strategies to replace the abusive behaviors with respectful behaviors and attitudes.