Domestic Violence: An Interview with Family Law Attorney Marianne Howland and Paige Flink CEO The Family Place

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The Family Place, also located in Dallas, receives federal funding and has the means to offer several different services.  These services range from focusing on the victim by providing emergency shelter, animal shelter, transitional housing, children’s education services, and supervised child visitation, to focusing on the abuser with a batterer’s intervention program.  The Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is offered to abusers who have been court-ordered to complete a batterer’s intervention program or to those who want to voluntarily sign up for the program.  The program attempts to change a batterer’s behavior by teaching the batterer to be accountable for his or her actions and confront the batterer about the thought processes that lead him or her to abuse a loved one.  These programs have demonstrated some effectiveness in reducing violent offenses.

The Family Place has also implemented a program aimed at teenage boys who have engaged in abusive behavior toward family members or in dating relationships.  The BRAVE program (Boys Rising Against Violence Everyday) has two age groups, 11 year-olds to 14 year-olds and 14 year-olds to 17 year-olds.  This program focuses on teaching teens how to have a healthy relationship and how to control and change abusive behavior.

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