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Batterers' Intervention Program


Tahoe Turning Point, Inc. (“TTP”) and Live Violence Free (“LVF”) have identified a significant need for integrated substance abuse and domestic violence services in the South Lake Tahoe and surrounding communities. LVF and TTP have agreed to work together to be at the forefront of domestic violence treatment for the community. By providing integrated treatment, TTP & LVF hopes and expects that there will be an overall reduction in recidivism in domestic violence incidents.

Services for Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse

Although there is no causal link between domestic violence and substance abuse, the failure to deal with domestic violence in substance abuse treatment programs or to deal with substance abuse in domestic violence programs interferes with the effectiveness of these programs. Many service providers recognize the correlation between substance abuse and domestic violence, but few domestic violence programs can offer adequate counseling or health services for substance abusers.

 There are many reasons for the absence of substance abuse treatment programs within domestic violence services:

  •     Domestic violence programs typically have limited resources and cannot afford to pay for the equipment, staff, and other resources needed to provide substance abuse programs.
  •     Domestic violence programs primarily focus on providing safety and shelter.
  •     There is a fear that focusing on the substance abuse problems of victims will encourage victim blaming.

 In 2004, the Department of Justice found that:

  •     80% of domestic violence programs that cannot provide substance abuse treatment programs for victims or abusers refer them to substance abuse treatment programs in their communities.
  •     92% of domestic violence programs would like to begin or continue working with substance abuse treatment facilities to develop enhanced services for substance-abusing women.

 When domestic violence programs were asked why they did not provide substance abuse treatment:

  •     75% of programs cited a lack of financial resources.
  •     71% of programs cited a lack of staff resources.
  •     60% of programs cited a lack of experience dealing with substance abuse problems.

To improve treatment for individuals with both substance abuse and domestic violence problems, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment recommends:

·         Providing more funding for programs to be able to provide these much needed services in shelters.

·         Furthering efforts to link domestic violence and substance abuse treatment programs in human services systems and to provide counseling, child care, substance abuse and mental health treatment, among other services, in one             program.

·         Creating mechanisms for interagency cooperation at the state and local level.

·         Funding demonstration projects to test the feasibility and effectiveness of linking domestic violence and substance abuse treatment programs.

In summary, due to the interactive nature of substance abuse and domestic violence (The U.S. Department of Justice found that 61% of domestic violence offenders also have substance abuse problems), it will be a valuable resource to have integrated substance abuse and domestic violence treatment provided to both the batter’s and victims of domestic violence.      

Program Description:

Batterer’s Group:

Batterer’s Group will be a certified Batterer’s Intervention Program (“BIP”). The group will be co-facilitated by a certified BIP Facilitator and a Substance Abuse/Addiction Counselor. The expectation is that the clients will be self-referred, referred from the community and/or court ordered to participate in a BIP program from El Dorado County to attend a 52 week program.

When a client is referred to the BIP, a trained counselor will perform an integrated assessment that includes severity/lethality of the batterer, the DSM 5 criteria for substance use disorder, and general health information. This initial assessment will determine appropriateness of outpatient treatment, orientation to the program, the best fit of program options, and possible referrals to ancillary treatment.

This program can include weekly group sessions co-facilitated by a BIP facilitator and a substance abuse counselor. It will also include regular individual counseling sessions for the purposes of assessment, treatment planning, crisis management, collateral sessions and discharge planning as defined by the Drug Medi-Cal standards (Title 22).

The groups will be gender specific to create cohesion in the group. The curriculum is based on Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 25 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and evidenced-based treatment (Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and Motivational Interviewing). This group will be an open group to allow for entrance into a BIP at any time. 

For safety and confidentiality purposes, all batterers’ treatment will be conducted at TTP. 

For an intake appointment, please call Tahoe Turning Point at (530) 541-4594