Batter Intervention Program (BIP):
Danna K. Wallace is a Certified Autonomous Batterer Intervention Program Provider
KRS 403.720(1) defines Domestic Violence and abuse as "physical injury, serious physical injury, sexual abuse, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical injury, serious physical injury, sexual abuse or assault between family members or member of an unmarried couple.
Individual’s court ordered by area County District, Family, and/or Circuit for an assessment by a certified provider will be screened for enrollment in the Batterer Intervention Program. Our agency is currently in Morgantown and Brownsville, and Bowling Green, Kentucky. We welcome referrals from other counties. If the individual meets eligibility criteria for the program, the court will be notified upon completion of the assessment. Individual's transferring from other counties or agencies must meet eligibility criteria for admission into the program.The treatment sessions consist of twenty-eight (28) weeks and weekly attendance is mandatory. The sessions are ninety (90) minutes in length.
FACTS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
žActs of Domestic Violence occurs every 18 seconds in the United States
žBetween two and four million American women a year are battered by their husbands or boyfriends.
žEach year in Kentucky approximately 28,000 protective orders are issued, 30,000 incidents of spouse abuse are reported to the Cabinet for Families and Children, and each month more than 5,000 women and children take shelter in a spouse abuse center.
žMore women are injured or killed by their partners than by rapes, auto accidents, and muggings combined. It is the leading cause of injuries for women ages 15-44 years.
žAbusers are unlikely to stop the abuse without intervention. They must accept responsibility for their actions and seek resources to help them change. Even then, it is difficult to make permanent changes.
žDomestic violence is a pattern of intimidation and abuse that a batterer uses to control his partner.
žAbuse comes in many forms:
žPhysical abuse - pushing, punching, choking, kicking, burning, biting, spitting, shooting, stabbing
žSexual abuse - unwanted touching, sexual name calling, using violence with sex, forcing sex
žEmotional abuse - name calling, humiliation, abusing pets, threats to harm, destroy property, kidnap children or commit suicide, displaying weapons, stalking, limiting your contact with others, denying the abuse or blaming it on you or others.
žEconomic abuse - preventing you from getting a job or keeping one, not allowing you access to the family.
Crimes that May be Charged as Domestic Violence
The most commonly charged are:
žAssault 4th degree
ž Terrorist Threatening
ž Violation of a Protective Order
ž Harassing Communications
ž Criminal Mischief
ž Unlawful Imprisonment
ž Wanton Endangerment
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