Family Violence Intervention Program -FVIP


What is the Family Violence Intervention Program

Family Violence Intervention Program, or Batterer’s Intervention Programs are programs that are typically court mandated, or lawyer suggested, in the case of a domestic violence arrest or dispute. This has become the golden standard when dealing with any domestic issue. Our Family Violence Intervention Program and Anger Management classes are designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of one’s individual anger triggers and responses.

It is neither realistic nor possible to completely eliminate anger and violence, therefore, the goal of Anger Management classes and the Family Violence Intervention Program is to learn how to cope with and express anger in a healthy way. In FVIP classes, we discuss the difference between anger, hostility, aggression, and violence, so that participants can appropriately define and express their experience. Additionally, the Family Violence Intervention Program FVIP classes curriculum is designed to address the effects of anger on the body, behavior, mind and how it can lead to violence. These interactive FVIP classes include various case studies and scenarios that address specific, anger-inducing situations in order to facilitate group dialogues related to appropriate and healthy responses. Additionally, clients will be challenged to objectively question their initial reactions and consequently reframe it to a healthier perspective to reduce emotional saliency and regain self-control.
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In order to assist participants in changing behavior, the classes are separated and conducted with gender-specific peers. Cognitive-behavioral interventions, role play and honest discussions about behavior and perception are part of each class. Positive changes can take place in families who are willing to do the work and restore their happiness. Many studies have shown a group setting to be a much better intervention when dealing with domestic violence than any sort of therapy done one on one. Being in a group setting gives individuals the opportunity to both grow and learn from each other as well as providing a reflection of themselves. Sometimes the most difficult things to see are the things that happening and part of you might not expect when starting one of these programs is that you may end up coming out of it with more friendships than before!

Classes are normally done in person, but if you are reading this then you were most likely alive when the world was flipped on its head. Yes, I am talking about 2020. Covid-19 was a detriment in many ways, but it did provide the world with an opportunity that it had not taken full advantage of before: virtual learning. Here at AACS we have the ability to provide the class in both ways. FVIP Classes are given one time per week and are normally an hour and a half in length. Participants may do a number of different things during the sessions and the type of learning is constantly changing and engaging. Some assignment may be given to the students which are always gone over in the following class period.
Family Violence Intervention Program

Family Violence Intervention Program or Batterers Intervention Program classes can vary in length depending on the state where the violation occurred. California has a minimum 52-week course while Georgia’s is only 24 weeks. Upon completing the entire program, the individuals will be given a certificate of completion and anyone who needs to be notified can and will be. When entering one of these programs there is typically what is known as a victim liaison. When you are first starting your class, you will need to provide intake documentation that is quite detailed. A portion of this intake documentation will be in reference to whatever individual(s) may have been a part of your arrest. The purpose of the victim liaison is to inform the victim when the individuals both begin and finish the course of treatment. 

If you are starting a Family Violence Intervention or Batterers Intervention Program classes, then it is very likely that there are stipulations that you need to be sure you understand about your case. As part of an FVIP or BIP class at AACS you will need to refrain from the use of any mind-altering substances which would include but are not limited to alcohol, marijuana, ecstacy, LSD, shrooms, methamphetamine, amphetamine (without a valid prescription), opiates (without a valid prescription) etc. Unfortunately, a glass of wine with dinner does count as ingesting a mind-altering substance and would be penalized as such. 

Another stipulation in many of these cases come in the forms of either a “no violent contact” order or a temporary protective order (TPO). In some extreme cases even a full restraining order may be placed on either individual. No violent contact order means exactly what is referring to: you must not have any violence occur between yourself and the other person in your case. A temporary protective order means that you will be unable to contact this person or be in their vicinity for any reason unless a lawyer or police officer are the ones facilitating the meeting. A restraining order is similar to a TPO but it is permanent and in most cases far stricter and specific in its order.

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