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This page is intended for CPI and CPS caseworkers whose cases fall within the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. We look forward to collaborating with you to make our community a safer place. Below is information about resources available to CPS-involved clients and the impact that it can have on their life and their child's/children's lives. If you have any questions or need a consultation prior to making a referral, contact Sarah Lehman at SLehman@dcfof.org or 940-387-5131 x258.
ADVANCE is a great referral for clients that you believe could be a victim of domestic violence but maybe aren't ready to face that reality for themselves. It is a 7-week psycho-educational group, in addition to an orientation, created for CPS-involved clients to address issues faced by domestic violence victims and the impact of domestic violence on children. This group is appropriate for clients whom CPS believes have been or are currently the victim of domestic violence, even if the client is not currently identifying as a victim. A client does not have to complete an intake appointment or access other services at DCFOF to participate in ADVANCE.
If you have a CPS-involved client that you would like to refer to ADVANCE, please fill out the form below:
The purpose of the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is to help people who are abusive or become violent in intimate relationships learn to make better choices, end their abusive behaviors, and become accountable for their choices. We have two class options available depending on if you are referring a client with or without a 2054.
DCFOF has a contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide a customized program through form 2054! This allows clients with limited financial means to access the great benefits that a battering intervention program can provide. Unlike our Traditional BIPP Services, this program is at no cost to the client. Referral to the 2054 BIPP begins with an initial Domestic Violence Assessment (1 unit – 86K) and is followed by enrollment into a 18-week BIPP Group (36 units – 86L) covering the topics of: Responsible Parenting, Fatherhood, Nonthreating/Nonviolence, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Partnership, Sexual Respect, Impact of DV on Children, and Lisa 911 discussion. The group facilitator will forward a Monthly Treatment Report (MTR) to CPS noting the participant’s progress in the program.
If you would like to refer a client to our 2054 DV Assessment and BIPP services, complete the BIPP referral below and upload the 2054 with your submission! (DCFOF-BIPP is a TDCJ-CJAD Accredited provider and is the only State-funded program in Denton County.)
BIPP is a 27-week psycho-educational course covering 10 topics: Responsible Parenting, Nonviolence, Nonthreatening Behavior, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Economic Partnership, Shares Responsibility, Sexual Respect, and Negotiation and Fairness. All BIPP services are provided in a group format and some group participants may also qualify for free individual counseling depending on their need for specialized services. This is the only program provided by DCFOF that is not free, at a fee of $30 per week paid by the client. However, the participant may apply for a Reduction-in-Fee. If qualified, the group fee would be reduced depending on the financial need of the participant. We assess fees on a case-by-case basis. The group facilitator will forward a Monthly Treatment Report (MTR) to CPS noting the participant’s progress in the program. Although many of our BIPP clients are court ordered to attend as part of their probation or parole, the groups are open to individuals who recognize their own abusive behavior and want to change. (DCFOF-BIPP is a TDCJ-CJAD Accredited provider and is the only State-funded program in Denton County.)
Regardless of their current relationship with the referred parent, their relationship with the children, their geographic location, etc. the fact that someone has used violence against a current or former partner makes them a risk to the referred parent, the referred parent’s children, and others in the community. When these people who have used violence are not referred to a BIPP program, the danger they pose to others has not been properly addressed. There are limited situations where it would be appropriate to not immediately refer someone to BIPP, such as, the person using violence first needs to address a substance abuse issue, they are incarcerated and their prison doesn’t offer BIPP, they have been deported to a country where BIPP is not available, or referral to BIPP would cause a dangerous escalation of violence.
If you have a CPS-involved client that you would like to refer to BIPP, please fill out the form below:
Please note that all BIPP intakes are by appointment only, and take place at the DCFOF Prevention Center (1330 Teasley Lane, Denton TX). Clients referred to BIPP should never be sent to the DCFOF Outreach Office!
Denton County Friends of the Family provides compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence while partnering with our community to promote safety, hope, healing, prevention, and justice. We offer services completely free of charge to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault such as emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, legal services, advocacy and case management, play and activity therapy, transitional housing, community education, a 24-hour crisis line, hospital and court accompaniment, a thrift store and a food pantry. The only service that is not free is the BIPP program for perpetrators of domestic violence. Referring your clients to ADVANCE, and/or the abusive partner to BIPP, may be the step that they need to learn more about these other services and start on a path of healing and recovery for themselves and their children. Learn more about our other programs below!
Below are links to helpful tools and resources for CPI and CPS workers that encounter domestic violence.
October 25th, 2019 | 9AM-5PM
@ Denton Public Safety Training Center
The conference was designed to provide the most advanced and current knowledge for practitioners in the areas of BIPP, law enforcement, probation, parole, legal, professional counseling, social work, health providers and other social services working directly or indirectly with family violence offenders. The 2019 conference will feature Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D., a national and international leader in the fields of sexual violence, child abuse, violence against women and author of Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship.
Produced for the California Attorney General's Office, this First Impressions video is a must-watch! We learn about the effects of domestic violence on young children. Just like a flower, if a child's brain is nourished it blooms, and if it is stressed, it wilts...
The mission of the Safe & Together Institute is to create, nurture and sustain a global network of domestic violence-informed child welfare professionals, communities and systems. The Institute offers a full range of trainings and systems consultations along with tools to help communities, agencies, and professionals become more domestic violence-informed.
Effective Interventions offers a comprehensive set of policy recommendations designed to increase safety for mothers and children experiencing both domestic violence and child maltreatment. These guidelines target three systems – battered women’s advocates, child protection services and family court judges – with the goal of keeping mothers and children safe and together and avoiding unnecessary out-of-home placement.
Battering is one form of domestic or intimate partner violence. It is characterized by the pattern of actions that an individual uses to intentionally control or dominate his intimate partner. That is why the words “power and control” are in the center of the wheel. A batterer systematically uses threats, intimidation, and coercion to instill fear in his partner. These behaviors are the spokes of the wheel. Physical and sexual violence holds it all together—this violence is the rim of the wheel.
When you are showered with attention, it can feel incredibly romantic and can blind you to hints of problems ahead. But what happens when attentiveness becomes domination? In some relationships, the desire to control leads to jealousy, threats, micromanaging—even physical violence. If you or someone you care about is trapped in a web of coercive control, this book provides answers, hope, and a way out. Read Lisa Aronson Fontes's book, Invisible Chains, and check out the Coercive Control Checklist from her book below.
TCFV provides downloadable, print ready brochures and collateral free of charge to family violence organizations and our allies. These materials are available for download only. Learn more about the Texas Council on Family Violence and creating a personalized safety plan with your clients below.