A 52-Week Program
What is APIP in Oklahoma? I’m Tulsa Attorney James Wirth, and that is the question that we have. What is APIP? Well, it is the Abusive Partners Intervention Program. It is the new name that they’ve come up with for BIP, the Batterers Intervention Program. So I guess they decided that abusive partner is more politically correct than batterer, so they’re going with that.
So the BIP class now has a new name, APIP, Abusive Partner Intervention Program. But what is APIP, or BIP for that matter? Well, it is a 52-week program that oftentimes people are ordered to attend as part of a sentence or a probation for a domestic violence charge. It’s a pretty difficult program to complete in that it is 52 weeks long. You have to attend weekly sessions, so that’s 52 sessions. If you miss six during that year, you fail. You have to start over again. If you miss three consecutively, you get kicked out, have to start all over again.
And it is put, here in Tulsa, it is put on by the DVIS. And they’ve got 11 different topics that they cover as part of that. So talk about, in order here, they list the 11 topics. The first one, abuse and violence as a form of control. Second is the range of abusive powers and control. Third is how traditional gender roles and privilege play in. Fourth, non-abusive communication techniques. Fifth, effective coping strategies. Sixth, the impact of battering on children. Seven, how to identify all abusive conduct and the range of abusive conduct. Eight, developing healthy relationships and techniques for achieving non-abusive, non-controlling attitudes and behavior. Nine, non-abusive planning and prevention of violence. 10, the effects of domestic violence on the victim. 11, the potential consequences of domestic violence to the batterer. So those are the 11 topics that they cover in that 52-week program.
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So what is APIP? It’s a 52-week program that used to be called BIP and is put on by DVIS here in Tulsa and is often, as required by law, a condition of probation if you are doing a deferred sentence, suspended sentence, have a conviction for domestic violence in the state of Oklahoma. If you’ve got any more questions regarding that or your specific circumstances, contact us to get legal advice specific to your case.
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