TESTIMONIALS

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Michael Paymar Michael Paymar "I had the honor to present on the Duluth Model at the From Roots to Wings Conference in 2005 and again at the Advancing The Narrative: Inspiring The Future! Conference in 2015. The leadership of BISC-MI has helped all of us that do this important work to continue to engage in meaningful dialogue on effective ways of reducing and ending gender violence." Executive Director, Education for Critical Thinking Judge Tom Boyd Judge Tom Boyd "When I first became a judge I did not fully understand the dynamic in domestic violence cases. With the resources BISC-MI provided I learned to view domestic violence as an imbalance of power and control between intimate partners, rather than as an anger management issue. That perspective informs my decision-making, and I believe, leads to better outcomes for victims." 55th Judicial District Court Larry Bennett Larry Bennett "To my knowledge BISC-MI is the only organization to systematically and consistently support the work of batterer intervention staff and programs across the USA and Canada and has an ongoing collection of documents where anyone in the world with a computer can find out about programs, state standards, state IPV coalitions, and trainings. BISC-MI has never lost sight of survivor-centered and safety perspectives." Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work Lisa Young Larance Lisa Young Larance "BISC-MI is an innovative force for changing the status quo. Their leadership courageously sponsored the first national conference focused on contextually understanding the complexity of women's use of force: When She Hits Him: Why Gender & Context Matter. This set the standard for research and practice dissemination on this critical topic." Former RENEW Program Director
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
Alyce LaViolette Alyce LaViolette "BISC-MI has been an outstanding leader in this movement and does incredible outreach, including Roots to Wings, one of the best conferences I have ever attended. Their work has been innovative and creative and reflects an openness and willingness to participate collaboratively with others." Founder-Alternatives to Violence Rhonda Martinson Rhonda Martinson "BISC-MI is the only place to go with all of the information about batterers' programs, intervention strategies and activities, and comparing national batterer certifications. BISC-MI values understanding qualitative information about recidivism, and provides a place to learn about batterer intervention program ideas that I often use in training the criminal justice system." Rhonda Martinson Consulting, LLC Brant Funkhouser Brant Funkhouser "I am extremely grateful for the information provided at BISC-MI conferences for batterer intervention programs, offered to providers from diverse communities all over the state and country. These training opportunities have enlightened service providers and helped clients and their families experience miraculous, positive changes in their lives." Criminal Defense Attorney Larry Bennett Larry Bennett I want to wish BISC-MI a happy 20th birthday (2015). To my knowledge BISC-MI is the only organization to systematically and consistently support the work of batterer intervention staff and programs, not only in Michigan but across the USA and Canada. Although and focused primarily on anti-violence work in Michigan, BISC-MI has always brought a larger worldview to their organization and those of us from outside Michigan have appreciated it. Equally important, BISC-MI has never lost sight of the survivor-centered and safety perspectives that sometimes fall by the wayside. Congratulations to BISC-MI for all they have done. Larry Bennett, Ph.D. Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work South Bend, Indiana Juan Carlos Areán Juan Carlos Areán "BISC- MI is by far the most impressive and effective coalition of programs for men who batter in the country. I often use information from their website and have thoroughly benefited from attending their conferrences. I consider BISC-MI to be an invaluable national resource on the topic." Director of the national latin@ network for
healthy families and communities
Liberty Adlrich Liberty Adlrich "I always know I can turn to BISC-MI to understand the complexities of ensuring meaningful offender accountability in a respectful and effective manner.  I value their tremendous expertise, willingness to share that with stakeholders, and their thoughtfulness and commitment to work collaboratively to promote victim safety for those working with offenders." Center for Court Innovation
Families in the Justice System
Pam Wiseman Pam Wiseman "BISC- MI is by far the most impressive and effective coalition of programs for men who batter in the country. I often use information from their website and have thoroughly benefited from attending their conferrences. I consider BISC-MI to be an invaluable national resource on the topic." Executive Director
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Ed Gondolf Ed Gondolf "I send heaps of praise to BISC-MI for launching the conferences, networking, dialogue, and information that especially programs for men who batter their partners so desperately need to develop and maintain their work. They’ve done so in a manner that promotes discussion, clarification, broader understanding, and invigoration, amidst a time of debate, contention, and backlash. I especially appreciate their efforts to help address the misunderstandings and misrepresentations of the research on batterer programs that have confused much of the field and the public at large." Former Research Director
Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute
Fernando Mederos Fernando Mederos Despite its obscure abbreviated name, BISC-MI shines a light on batterer intervention practice and provides a forum for discussing our work with thoughtful and helpfully opinionated peers.  It is the best current hope for renewing the field and defending its hard-won gains.  It is also an invaluable and deeply appreciated partnership of minds and hearts.  Thank you. Speaker, Trainer & Consultant
Adjunct Faculty, Simmons College School of Social Work
Rodney Vlais Rodney Vlais "BISC-MI, with UK Respect and the European Work with Perpetrators network, is one of the few international sources I go to for skill-sharing, colleagueship and news in domestic violence perpetrator work towards the safety, well-being and liberation of women and children from men's violence and coercive control. BISC-MI has opened up a world of innovation and evolution in our organisation's work in Australia. Rodney Vlais, No To Violence" Policy and Practice Coordinator
No To Violence and Men’s Referral Service
Lisa Nitsch Lisa Nitsch "BISC-MI has received national attention because of their forward thinking and because they fill a much needed gap as a national clearinghouse for research and best practices. BISC-MI always looks at services from different angles and leaves space for opposing views. They have become an invaluable, thoughtful, inquisitive, creative and informative resource compiling information and ensuring that programs serve diverse families and communities." Website: www.hruth.org House of Ruth Maryland Mildred Muhammad Mildred Muhammad "BISC-MI has taken on a role that many people don't want to support...the counseling and healing of the batterer. It is difficult to assist the batterer in understanding and accepting what has been done to victims of domestic violence by their hands. BISC-MI helps to ensure that the safety of the victim or survivor is never compromised." Founder/Executive Director, After The Trauma, Inc.

The Source For Battering Intervention in Michigan Learn More Become a Member We promote social change which works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence. We look forward to seeing you in 2021! UPDATE: 25th Annual BISC-MI Conference Due to the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BISC-MI has decided to cancel the 25th Annual BISC-MI Conference scheduled for November 18, 19, 20, 2020. We are considering replacing it with other online training options this Fall and Winter, yet to be determined.

We will keep everyone posted as decisions are made. We hope you are staying safe and healthy.

We are planning to have the 25th Annual BISC-MI Conference on November 17, 18, 19, 2021
To be held at the KENSINGTON HOTEL – Ann Arbor, Michigan!
2021 Conference Dates: Thank you for your ongoing support! November 17, 18, 19, 2021

SAVE THE DATES: November 10, 2020 through December 16, 2020

BISC-MI is offering a Virtual Conference

Nov.10 - Dec. 16, 2020

There are 11 webinars to choose from with some of your favorite presenters

Registration will open soon!

Cost: $10.00 per session

Up to 22 BIPSCC or Social Work CEs available

(Registration limited to the first 1000 registrants)

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2021 Conference Information

25th Annual BISC-MI Conference
Dates: November 17, 18, 19, 2021
AT THE KENSINGTON HOTEL – Ann Arbor, Michigan!



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MISSION STATEMENT

  1. We will provide a working forum for interaction and information sharing among agencies and individuals concerned with the provision of battering intervention services in Michigan.
  2. We will help create and maintain coordinated community actions that hold those who batter accountable for their behavior and promote safety and empowerment for victims.
  3. We will give safety, needs, and concerns of victims/survivors priority over the interests of those who batter or any battering intervention service model.
  4. We will promote social change which works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence.
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We will Provide

We will provide a working forum for interaction and information sharing among agencies and individuals concerned with the provision of battering intervention services in Michigan.

We will help create and maintain coordinated community actions that hold those who batter accountable for their behavior and promote safety and empowerment for victims.

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We Help & Give

We will give safety, needs, and concerns of victims/survivors priority over the interests of those who batter or any battering intervention service model.

We will promote social change which works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence.

 

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