The three main ways that batterers become involved with a certified batterer intervention program are the courts, the Department of Social Services (DSS), and self-referral. For court-referred batterers, completion of a certified batterer intervention program is most often a condition of probation and, therefore, also monitored by the probation department. On some occasions, completion of a certified batterer intervention program is a condition for child visitation ordered by the Probate and Family Court. For DSS-referred batterers, the batterer intervention program is a component of the service plan created for the batterer by DSS. And finally, all programs accept batterers who refer themselves for services.
This information is provided by the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services within the Department of Public Health.