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 batterers intervention program (necessary program)

A Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) is designed to help defendants convicted of a Domestic Violence crime with psycho-educational group counseling and support.


Batterers can learn to communicate better with their partners and identify abusive behaviors and are taught to react to situations in a non-threatening and peaceful manner.

BIP is a separate program that is different from anger management, substance abuse treatments, mental health services, or family, marital, or couples counseling programs.

BIP is a training program that should be mandatory for all persons charged with a Domestic Violence crime. Participants are held accountable for their attendance, must be on time, and cannot miss a meeting.


Participation is court-ordered and the defendant will have to pay to attend this program. A certificate of program completion is based on full participation, attendance, commitment to learning, and changing behavior. 

Volunteers and victims can sign up to attend the program but seats are limited to defendant who are convicted of Domestic Violence crime.

For referral to a Batterers Intervention Program in your community contact the Helpline at 1800-598-7607. 

Bystander Action

Domestic Violence occurs in every community in Jamaica and can happen to anyone, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status.

Within your community, your family, your school, or your workplace, you have a part to play. Explore this section of our website to learn how you can be an active bystander helping to end and prevent Domestic Violence in our state.

Bystander Tools

How to Be an Active Bystander

No matter who you are, whether parent, siblings, coworker, neighbor, or friend, you are a bystander, and you can help end Domestic Violence in your homes, and communities.


At the JCADV, we use public awareness campaigns to inform Jamaicans about Domestic Violence. For the last few years, our focus has been on engaging bystanders to learn about the ways they can help build safe communities free from violence.

Get Help

If you are in immediate danger call 119 immediately.

If you are being abused, know that you are not alone and that the abuse is not your fault.

If you are in an abusive relationship or think that you need a safety housing and support. Contact a local Domestic Violence agency or call the national Helpline 1800-598-7607 to speak with an advocate who can help. All calls and services are confidential.


If you know someone who is being abused, you can be a lifeline to this person. Learn how to help.

Visit the Get Help section of our website to learn more about the services and resources that are available for those impacted by Domestic Violence.

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