Michigan Standards History

2016 Michigan Family Law Journal

Solutions for Domestic Violence: The State of Batterer Intervention Programs in Michigan
By Daniel J. Ferency

Letters of support for the work that BISC-MI is doing to create monitoring of BIP’s

BISC-MI Updating Michigan Standards

Below you will find 2 documents, the Standards Synthesis and the Monitoring Synthesis.

The standards synthesis uses the Michigan standards as the organizational center and the other states have been broken apart to put the closest corresponding material in that section.

This is a color coded document, Michigan is black, Fla is blue, Illinois is red and Texas is green.

The same color coding is used in the monitoring synthesis, but there is no Michigan section. This document separates the monitoring info we have from each of the states.

Standards Synthesis (PDF version) (Word version)

Monitoring Synthesis (PDF version) (Word version)

Jeffrie Cape is the Chair of this Task Group
Email: tandjcape44@hotmail.com
Phone: 248.730.0690

On May 19, 2006 an initial statewide meeting took place to discuss monitoring of Michigan Standards. To view the transcripts from that meeting follow the directions below:

  1. Go to the weblink below
  2. Click on the E-transcript Viewer and download to your computer.
  3. Once you install the software, you can click this link to get the transcript of the meeting


As you know, the Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) is hosting a series of community forums on creating a process for monitoring battering intervention programs in Michigan. The first one is coming up this Friday!

You are being invited as an invested partner and practitioner, referral source or community member that may have a battering intervention program in your community.

BISC-MI has been moving towards creating a monitoring tool over the past several years and we are excited that we are at a point in our development to bring this into fruition. If you would like to learn more about BISC-MI, please visit us on the web at https://www.biscmi.org/.

In Michigan, a Governor appointed task force that included practitioners, judges, probation, domestic violence programs, and state departments developed Standards for batterer intervention programs in 1998. The purpose for developing standards was to provide guidelines for ethical and accountable intervention systems that would protect victims and other family members; and establish a minimum level of respectful, humane, consistent, and appropriate intervention for persons convicted of a domestic violence related criminal charge. Click here for information on Michigan’s standards.

While our state standards have been in place for over eight years, no process is in place to certify intervention programs operating in Michigan. This series of community forums will provide an opportunity for interested individuals and agencies to provide input into the benefits of monitoring and what the process could look like.

All meetings are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will include a light lunch. These forums have been scheduled on the following dates and locations:

Lansing, Friday, August 4, 2006
Location: Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
3893 Okemos Road Suite B-2
Okemos, MI 48864

Southeast Michigan, Friday, August 11, 2006
Location: All Saints Episcopal Church
171 W. Pike St.
Pontiac, MI.
(Corner of Williams and W. Pike Sts.)

Marquette, Thursday, August 24, 2006
Location: The Women’s Center
1310 S. Front Street
Marquette, MI 49855

Grayling, Friday, August 25, 2006
Location: Grayling City Hall
1020 City Blvd, Grayling, MI 49738
Click here for the newsletter from Riverhouse Inc. with coverage of this meeting

Michigan Native American Community, Date TBD
(This meeting is limited to the Native American Community)
Location: Sault Ste. Marie


  • 10:00 -10:15 AM
    • Welcome & Instructions
  • 10:15-10:45 AM
    • BISC-MI background
    • Overview of standards
    • How monitoring fits in and we see this going
    • Why are you here
    • Givens and parameters
  • 10:45-12:00 PM
    • SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats)
  • 12:00-12:30 PM
    • Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 PM
    • Focus questions
  • 2:00-3:00 PM
    • Wrap up and summary

Focus questions that were asked:

1. What programs, agencies, individuals would benefit from BIP’s being monitored?
2. What would you, your profession or your community want from the monitoring process?
3. Who should do the monitoring (qualification, individuals or teams, affiliation peer or state, private)
4. What should the monitoring process look like (paper, electronic, on site, how long, who should have input, how should they have input, how much lead time.
5. What considerations should be taken into consideration in developing a monitoring process? (size location of program, communities served, cultural factors)
6. What will make this monitoring process helpful to existing or developing programs?
7. Assuming no state funding is available, how should monitoring be funded?
8. What criteria should be used to determine compliance and what should happen if programs do not meet compliance?

We want your input on these Focus Questions even if you are not able to attend a community group. If you would like to voice your opinion on these questions we have set up an online way for you to do so, simply click this link for the survey.

You are also encouraged to review the Michigan batterer intervention standards here.

For questions please send an email to Bipstandards@gmail.com

We look forward to working with you!
The BISC-MI Board