Working to End Domestic Violence in Southeast Texas

Working to End Domestic Violence in Southeast Texas

Family Services of Southeast Texas announced this week that they will expand their Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program to include a weekly class in Orange.  “Our classes in Beaumont and Port Arthur have been very successful,” said Executive Director Janet Walker. “We are excited to expand the services we offer in Orange County.”

The Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is an effective way to hold family violence offenders accountable for their behavior. It teaches

Can a Violent Person Change?

Perpetrators of domestic violence can change. At Family Services, we have a Texas accredited Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program that is extremely successful.

Because our goal is to strengthen the family, we do not demonize or judge the batterer. Instead we focus on helping them confront their abusive behaviors that center around their fundamental beliefs about power and control in relationships.

This video is a candid interview with a male batterer who has completed the program at another agency.

Power and Control – Tactics Used by Male Batterers

Power and Control – Tactics Used by Male Batterers

At Family Services, we provide emergency safe haven for victims of domestic violence.  Most of the victims we help are women and children seeking a way to escape an abusive family situation.

What some don’t know is that we also work very hard with perpetrators of violence (batterers) to break the cycle of violence.

The Power and Control Wheel is an extremely useful tool (developed by The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project) that we use as a part of our curriculum in our Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program and also with women who come to our shelter.

9 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence

85% of domestic violence victims are women. Here in Southeast Texas, the percentage is even greater. At Family Services, we help victims of domestic violence (men and women) by providing them and their children shelter from their abuser.

We help batterers (men and women) break the cycle of violence.

But there are things every man can do to help prevent violence against women.

10 Tips for Becoming Less Hostile

At Family Services of Southeast Texas, we focus on relationships between family members. Anger is one of the most common negative patterns impacting family relationships. In a situation that causes anger, it is useful to practice diffusing the emotion and the accompanying hostility. Family Services counselors often recommend these as some of their most effective tips for controlling anger: