Domestic violence occurs in Massachusetts at alarming rates. Consider the following:
  • In 2001, there were 15 intimate partner violence homicides in Massachusetts; 11 were women and 4 were men (Jane Doe Inc., 2001).
  • 43,000 Massachusetts children are exposed to domestic violence each year (Adams, 1995).
  • 34,742 restraining orders were filed in Massachusetts courts in 2000. (MA Office of the Commissioner of Probation, 2000).
  • 1 in 5 girls is sexually and/or physically abused by a boyfriend (Silverman et al, 2001).
  • Approximately 1 out of every 4 gay men in Massachusetts experiences domestic violence (Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project, 2000).

The mission of Batterer Intervention Program Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is to promote the safety of domestic violence victims. We work with certified batterer intervention programs across Massachusetts to hold batterers accountable for their abuse and to help them change their behavior.

To achieve its mission, Batterer Intervention Program Services:

  • certifies and monitors batterer intervention programs according to the Massachusetts Guidelines and Standards for the Certification of Batterer Intervention Programs.
  • conducts trainings for certified batterer intervention service providers, criminal justice professionals, domestic violence victim advocates, social service agencies, educators, and the public
  • joins with other state and local agencies in a coordinated community response to domestic violence
  • collects and analyzes aggregate data on batterers who attend certified batterer intervention programs.

If you or someone you know is in need of batterer intervention, please contact a Certified Batterer Intervention Program in your community or contact Batterer Intervention Program Services.

Contact Us

Batterer Intervention Program Services
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Telephone: (617)624-5497

This information is provided by the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services within the Department of Public Health.