Abusive and Controlling Behavior

Batterers use abuse to gain power and control over their intimate partners. Abuse is behavior that physically harms or creates fear in the victim.

Sexual and Domestic Violence Resources

The Department of Public Health has compiled a for sexual and domestic violence victims.

Jane Doe, Inc.

Jane Doe, Inc. is the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Massachusetts Certified Batterer Intervention Programs

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


Batterer Intervention Program Services
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 624-5497
Email: Robert.Haynor@state.ma.us

Strength at Home

The National Center for PTSD, located at the VA Boston Healthcare System, has programs to help veterans strengthen their personal relationships. Participation in the program is confidential and involves: weekly group meetings that last 2 hours each (for 10 or 12 weeks, depending on the group) and 3 or 4 visits for 2-3 hours each to fill out questionnaires. Participants will be paid for their time.

The Strength at Home programs are for veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. One program is for male veterans, the other for couples.

The Strength At Home programs' vision is to disseminate evidence-based treatments for relationship strengthening and violence prevention for military couples, and to reduce and end domestic violence in intimate relationship partners.


Sarah Krill, National Center for PTSD