Is BIP for Me? Why Did I Get Referred to a BIP?
Participants hear about, or are referred to a Battering Intervention Program, from a number of places. You might be appropriate for BIP services if you:
- Have been disrespectful, abusive, or violent in your relationship and would like help
- Are in a diversion program or other court case related to violence in a relationship
- Have recently been released from incarceration
- Are recommended for an Assessment as a part of a Family Court Case or Custody Case
Is the FPI Battering Intervention Program going to fulfill my court requirements?
We are pleased to let you know that the Family Peace Initiative Battering Intervention Program is a state-certified battering intervention program, fulfilling Kansas requirements of such programs. We are certified by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, and have been from the earliest year that certification was available in Kansas.
What is the purpose of the FPI Program?
The purpose of this program is to help participants build skills to engage in strong, healthy relationships free from cruelty, abuse, and violence.
What does the FPI Program do?
It is a trauma-focused, cognitive-behavioral program for individuals who have harmed or used battering behavior in relationships. Participants are most often referred through diversion, parole, probation, child welfare agencies, attorneys, or a self-referral process. FPI offers groups for the following populations:
What should I expect?
First of all, you can expect respect and consideration. We want you to know we believe in your capacity to change. We know it takes a tremendous amount of courage to walk through the doors, or dial the number to get an appointment. Our commitment to you is that we will provide you services with compassion, integrity, and expertise. Those who walk through our doors are about to embark on a journey toward transformational change, and we want to honor that commitment.
So, what are the nuts and bolts? How long is it going to take, when will I need to attend, what will I need to do, and what will it cost?
The course includes an initial assessment, an orientation class, and a minimum of 24 weekly group sessions. Participants will complete a course workbook and fulfill the 18th and 27th week requirements. Here are more details:
The Assessment follows the requirements of the Kansas Domestic Violence Offender Assessment (KDVOA). It includes:
- A participant interview
- Victim contacts, including current and former partner contacts
- Collection of supplemental information
- Determination of appropriate fit for program
The full assessment fee of $175 must be paid prior to scheduling the Assessment Interview appointment. Payment can be made here. Once payment is made, an Assessment Interview can be scheduled by calling our office at (785) 350-2858.
Current fees are $175 for the assessment; $40 for the orientation; $35 for the 2 books, and the group weekly rate, varying from $15 to $35 per group session. Consideration is given to challenges, and will be discussed during the orientation session. Some scholarships may be available as well: we continue to attempt to find resources for those we serve, so please do not hesitate to ask for availability. If you have questions or wish to learn more about the current costs and scholarship availability, please call the office at 785-350-2858. We’d love to connect with you.
At this time, in order to maintain the health and safety of participants and facilitators, most FPI groups are being held virtually via Zoom. We look forward to returning to live group rooms as soon as we are able to do so safely.
Our 2021 Group Schedule has morning, afternoon, and evening groups available. You will have the opportunity during the Orientation Session to determine which available group that has openings will work best for you.