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All defendants convicted of a domestic violence crime must undergo a Batterers Intervention Program.

A Batterers Intervention Program is a psycho-educational group led by trained professional facilitators. Each meeting is an hour and a half to two hours long, and meetings are held every week for a minimum of 20 weeks. Fees are collected, but programs can make accommodations as needed. Ask your parole officer or program staff about available options.

Through these programs, batterers learn to identify abusive behaviors and are taught to react to situations non-abusively and to communicate with their partner.

Batterers Intervention Programs differ from, and are not replaceable by, substance abuse treatments, mental health services, or family, marital, couples or other counseling.

Participants are held accountable for their attendance, must be on time, and cannot miss a meeting.

While participation is often court-ordered, individuals can also voluntarily attend by contacting the program that serves the area in which they live. Those who voluntarily sign up are still expected to follow through with the commitment and adhere to attendance policies.

Certified Programs


Mary Osborne (Contact: David Dean)
2020 Elmwood Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
Telephone: 401-781-2700
Fax: 401-781-2790
Groups available in Warwick

Rhode Island Batterers Intervention Program (RIBIP)
George Sheehan (Contact: Deb Parente)
1052 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Telephone: 401-275-5030
Fax: 401-275-5031
Groups available in Bristol/Warren, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston/North Providence, Middletown/Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Wakefield, Warwick, Westerly, and Woonsocket

Tri-Hab Domestic Abuse Project
(Division of Gateway Healthcare)
Jeff Weisinger
103 Bacon Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Telephone: 401-486-3814
Fax: (401) 658-3757
Groups Available in Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket

Vantage Point
Kathleen Carty
1 James P. Murphy Highway
West Warwick, RI 02893
Telephone: 401-615-0648
Fax: 401-615-9540
Groups available in Coventry, Cranston, Johnston, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick, Westerly, and Woonsocket

Rhode Island Standards

Batterers Intervention Programs must adhere to the standards set by the Rhode Island Batterers Intervention Program Standards Oversight Committee (BIPSOC) in order to be certified programs.

Click here to view a PDF of the current standards.

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