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Domestic Violence - Batterer Intervention Programs

Why Does Someone Use Violence in a Relationship?

People use violence to exert power and control over another person. They might have learned such behavior through the violence they witnessed in their families. This is one reason why family violence tends to continue from one generation to the next.

If you use violence in your relationship, or if you know someone who does, consider contacting a Certified Batterer Intervention Program for assistance. Batterer intervention programs are designed to help people change their abusive behavior. A court may order offenders to a batterer intervention program as a term of probation under Va. Code § 18.2-57.3.

 Goals of Batterer Intervention Programs Include the Following:

Under the Virginia Standards for Batterer Intervention Programs:

For more information on certified batterer intervention programs in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Batterer Intervention Program Certification Board at