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Batterer's Intervention Group

The IFS Domestic Violence Program is committed to ending men's violence by challenging the community to define individual and collective roles in a coordinated response to domestic violence. We are also part of a unified vision of change and strategy for zero tolerance of domestic violence.

The IFS Batterer’s Intervention Group (BIG) uses the Domestic Abuse Project curriculum from Duluth, Minnesota. This 26-week model is recognized as one of the best means available to assist men in changing abusive behavior patterns.


  • To assist each man in the group to review past abuse and come to an understanding of how this behavior relates to personal issues of power and control.
  • To increase each man’s willingness to change abusive behaviors on himself, family members, and others.
  • To help each man look at the way our culture has supported violence and had failed to hold us accountable, and to examine specific beliefs that underlie such behavior.
  • To gain some practical information and ideas on how to change abusive and controlling behavior by exploring non-controlling and non-abusive ways of relating to himself, his partner, and others.