BISC-MI History


BISC-MI has provided conferences for many years with internationally recognized faculty
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BISC was formed in July of 1994 when the staff of First Step’s Violence Intervention Project (Canton, MI) met with the staff of Catholic Social Service of Washtenaw County’s Alternatives to Domestic Aggression Program (Ann Arbor, MI) to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. BISC’s membership grew rapidly, primarily with people who work with batterer intervention services and battered women’s services organizations.


May 1996 BISC (Batterer Intervention Services Coalition) held the FIRST Michigan Statewide Conference on batterer intervention and state standards. The conference was held at Higgins Lake, McMullen Conference Center. As a result, BISC-MI (Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan) was initiated in November 1996, pulling together the efforts of all six regions of Michigan. Angela Essick-Dykes and David Garvin were also elected Co-Chairs of BISC-MI, Sue Doyle elected Treasurer, Kat Laprise elected Secretary.


April 1997 we hosted our SECOND annual Statewide Conference at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.
May 1997 Governor John Engler formed the “Governor’s Task Force on Batterer Intervention Services Standards.” Governor Engler named as Co-chairs Shannon Brower, who was the Chair of the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and David Garvin, who at that time was a Co-Chair of BISC-MI.
BISC-MI’s membership continued to grow rapidly. Membership included people and agencies who work in batterer intervention services, battered women’s services organizations, and those involved in a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

McGuires Resort

April 1998 we hosted our THIRD annual Statewide Conference at the McGuire’s Resort in Cadillac, Michigan Featuring: Donald Dutton, Ph.D. and Creel Froman, Ph.D.

McGuires Resort

March 1999 we hosted our FOURTH annual Statewide Conference at the McGuire’s Resort in Cadillac, Michigan Featuring: Paul Kivel and Ann Ganley, Ph.D.

Valley Plaza Resort in Midland Michigan

March 2000 we hosted our FIFTH annual Statewide Conference at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland, Michigan Featuring: Jacquelyn Campbell Ph.D., RN, FAAN.

Kewadin Convention Center in Sault Ste

March 2001 we hosted our SIXTH annual Statewide Conference at the Kewadin Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Featuring: Ellen Pence, Ph.D.


March 2002 we hosted our SEVENTH annual Statewide Conference at the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. The featured speakers included Ed Gondolf, Dr. Oliver J. Williams, Executive Director of The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American CommunityDenise Brown, and Michigan’s Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus.


March 2003 we hosted our EIGHTH annual Statewide Conference at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan Featuring Jackson Katz.

Elections were held and the following were named as officers: David J.H. Garvin as Chair Elect, Peaty Hershberger as Treasurer and Michael Snyder-Barker as Communications Coordinator.
Also, Deb Crandall was placed into the office of Past Chair and Stephan Scoggins was moved into the office of Chair.

Anger Management

November 2003: Fifth Annual Fall Training “Domestic Violence and Anger Management: Knowing the Difference Can Save Lives” Web Based Handouts by David J. H. Garvin.

Michigan Cap

May 2004 we hosted our NINTH annual Statewide Conference at Best Western Midway Hotel in Lansing, Michigan Featuring: Lundy Bancroft.

BISC-MI’s Ninth Annual Conference “Batterers as Fathers and Sons: Featuring Lundy Bancroft”. May 12 through 14, 2004.
Click here for Lundy Bancrofts PowerPoint presentation
Click here for the Beverly Black PowerPoint presentation
Click here for the Arlene Weisz PowerPoint presentation
Click here for the Poco Kernsmith and Roger Kernsmith PowerPoint presentation

At the business meeting of the 9th Annual conference the membership was asked to review a position paper on the need for a major restructuring of BISC-MI.
Click here for the web version of the position paper.
Click here for a pdf. copy of the handout.
There was unanimous support in favor of the request to keep the current officers:
David J.H. Garvin as Chair,
Peaty Hershberger as Treasurer and
Michael Snyder-Barker as Communications Coordinator
as well as the current representatives in place while we proceed with the necessary changes.



November 2006 we hosted our ELEVENTH Annual BISC-MI Conference
Dr. Peter Jaffe PhD, C. Psych.
Dr. David Lisak, Ph.D.
Rus Ervin Funk


Miles To Go

Domestic Violence Perpetration at the Core: Simultaneously Advancing Accountability and Healing
The BISC-MI 22nd Annual Conference
November 1-3, 2017
at Motor City Casino and Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan
Conference website


Stone Soup Gathering 2015


Addressing Sexualized Violence and Respectful Sexuality with Those Who Choose to Abuse
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm EST, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm CT, 11:00 am-1:00 pm MT, 10:00 am-12:00 pm PT
Cost: Free


The Annual Conference was cancelled due to COVID19

Do Battering Intervention Programs Work?
What the research says and doesn’t say
Participants limited to the first 500 on the call
July 14, 2020
Eric Mankowski, Ph.D. & Chris Huffine, Psy.D.,
Hosted by the Tri-County Batterer Intervention Provider Network (TCBIPN) in partnership with BISC-MI.



Kaleidoscope: Focusing the Prism of Battering Intervention Programs
2019 International Conference
Dates: November 20-22, 2019

BISC-MI 2022 - Innovative Practices

26th Annual BISC-MI Conference
Innovative Practices in Battering Intervention Programs: How Can We Do Better?
Dates: October 25, 26, 27, 2022

BISC-MI 2023 Conference Logo-white background

27th Annual BISC-MI Conference
The Complexity of Change: Inspiring Transformational Change in Our Participants, Programs, Selves, and Communities
Dates: November 7, 8, 9, 2023