Abuse Awareness and Accountability is a highly specialized Behavior Awareness and Modification program that began over 20 years ago as a domestic violence Batterers Intervention Program (BIP). We are certified by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and will always remain in compliance with Indiana Code 188.8.131.52. Our Evidenced Based classes are specially designed to provide the most safe and accountable intervention to end all levels of abusive behavior; not simply physical abuse. We challenge verbal abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, child abuse, economic abuse, spiritual abuse, addictions and many other forms of abuse. Our program specializes in bringing awareness and needed change to patterns of power achieved by abuse.
We are listed in DCS KidTraks as "Abuse Counseling & Education, Inc." All of our services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran, and any other protected classes.
As a Batterers Intervention Program (BIP) we are advocates for victims of violence, who happen to work with people who abuse. We are a community partner dedicated to ensure the welfare and safety of those who are abused as our first priority. We collaborate with other community partners and promote coordinated community responses to establish accountability for people who use physical violence and other types of abusive behavior to acquire coercive power and control over others.
Most of our day to day work is conducting classes for these men and women. We are not a general mental health or counseling agency throwing together a quick anger management program. We are very specialized and highly trained in the research driven, evidenced based policies, protocols, procedures, and curriculum we use to engage program participants in a positive manner to promote a successful process of change. As far as we know, we are the only BIP programs in the State of Indiana that has been empirically evaluated to demonstrate effectiveness of our program and the Cognitive Accountability Training model.
If abusive behavior is the problem you're seeking help to cure, please learn as much as possible before deciding to seek help elsewhere. It is very important to understand the difference between anger management counseling, mental health counseling, couples counseling and the work that we do.
These approaches have NOT been demonstrated to be effective in addressing domestic violence and abuse. Furthermore, they can give victims a false sense of safety because they may mistakenly believe that such a program can end the violence. In reality, the victim may be placed in grave danger, and the likelihood of further violence could increase with these approaches.
Some programs are dedicated to serving only court mandated individuals. We respect our clients: Court mandated and voluntary participants are accepted and treated equally. Our common sense approach is simple and respects the dignity of our participants. A third of participants in our Nonviolent Alternatives program are voluntary with no court mandate to attend.
We are a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Public Charity completely dedicated to our mission of helping others. We believe strongly in what we do. No one in their heart wants to be abusive or harmful to others. You owe it to yourself to learn the skills needed to have loving, kind, happy, healthy relationships. By attending our program you can learn how to change bad habits and put an end to your own abusive words and actions.