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Residents complete Batterers Intervention Program, Victim Impact Class

by Carol Pitts — last modified Apr 21, 2022 09:18 AM
It takes courage and commitment to complete any of the programs offered by KDOC, particularly these two programs: Batterers Intervention Program (BIP) and Victim Impact Class.

Six KDOC residents recently completed the Batterers Intervention Program (BIP) at Lansing and El Dorado correctional facilities. The program is typically completed in six months, with twice a week programming facilitated onsite. Because of the pandemic and related quarantines, the program stretched to eight months.

Program facilitators said group members demonstrated accountability for their actions, learned to empathize with their victims’ experiences and explored healing from trauma they have experienced throughout their life.

Another 14 residents have recently completed the Victim Impact Class. This is a restorative justice program that helps residents explore the impacts of trauma and victimization through a 16 class sessions. The program is designed to encourage personal introspection, reviewing victim testimony and taking time to explore the participant's own victimization and how it contributed to their crimes.

"These graduates, and so many of our residents who are engaged in programming, are to be commended for taking such huge, positive steps toward healing and brighter futures," said Secretary of Corrections Jeff Zmuda.

Zmuda expressed appreciation for the staff who oversee and deliver this programming.

"This direct service to residents is challenging, yet rewarding work, and our staff's extra efforts, care and compassion are truly appreciated," Zmuda said.

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