Battering Intervention & Prevention Program (BIPP)

“Relationships of Promise”

Mid-Coast Family Services’ BIPP program is called “Relationships of Promise”, and is a 24-week program designed to hold family violence offenders accountable for their abusive behavior, as well as to teach them alternative ways to handle conflict in their relationship. The BIPP program works in coordination with referral sources, such as probation, parole, and the courts. Classes are available for both male and female batterers. Individual counseling is also available. For more information on these classes, call us at (361) 575-7842, or toll-free (888) 575-7842. Community education about this program is also available and can be scheduled by calling the Mid-Coast Family Services office.

Mission Statement:
The mission of battering intervention and prevention programs in Texas is to eliminate male to female battering by providing services to betterers, promoting safety for victims, and bringing about social change necessary to end battering and all other forms of relationship abuse.

The goal of Relationships of Promise is that these individuals are held accountable for their behavior by acknowledging to the group and to themselves that they are responsible for their abuse and that using violence is a behavioral choice. Participants learn to manage anger in a way that will lead to making healthy choices.

Battering occurs in all races, ethnic groups, educational levels, social and economic classes, sexual orientations, religions, and without regard to physical and mental abilities. Battering causes fear and may result in profound psychological damage, permanent physical injury, or death. It has adverse, long term psychological, emotional, physical, and economic effects on all family members and damaging effects on the community at large.

Abusive behavior hurts the ones you love. It can harm your children as well. Children worry that their abused parent will get seriously hurt or their abusive parent will go to jail. Many children who witness abuse become victims of abuse in future relationships, or may even become abusers themselves. Also, many of these children abuse alcohol and drugs.

Battering tends to escalate over time, increasing in frequency and severity. Danger particularly escalates when the batterer perceives that their victim/partner may leave him/her.