batterers intervention programs

Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council

The Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council (DVSCC) was established through legislation on July 1, 1995 to develop model policies and training curriculums for law enforcement agencies, the courts, and batterers' intervention programs (BIPS).

The goal of the project is to improve the response of the criminal justice system to domestic violence through the development of state leadership and judicial and law enforcement education. The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (The Coalition) staffs the DVSCC and its committees.  If you have questions about the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council, please contact The Coalition.

Rules & Resources for BIPS

Survey to Determine Domestic Violence/Order of Protection Training Needs 

The Council is requesting that stakeholders across the state who work with victims, or work within law enforcement, the court/legal system, social services system, etc., assist the Council determining training needs.

Rules of Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council Chapter 0490-1 Rules for Batterer's Intervention Programs

These rules provide minimum standards, certification, and monitoring criteria for batterers intervention programs that elect to identify themselves as “certified batterers intervention programs” for perpetrators of domestic abuse, as defined in Tennessee Code Annotated § 36-3-601.

DVSCC Training Policy Statement
Information regarding the criteria for training Certified BIPS. 


Application to Conduct Batterer's Intervention Program Training

This form is intended for those who wish to provide training to staff of Certified Batterers’ Intervention Programs (BIPs) in Tennessee and should be submitted before the training is held. 


Training Approval Form

Use this form to apply for Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council (DVSCC) approval of BIP related trainings that you intend to attend/have attended that have not already been DVSCC approved.    


Survey Of Domestic Violence Training Programs Providers

If your agency is conducting training on domestic violence or sexual assault that is open to the pubic in 2016 , please send us information about the training through this survey link.


Best Practice Forms

Best Practice Policies & Procedures

Certificaton Application Materials

Expansion Application Materials

Recertification Application Materials


Online Training Modules

BIPs Online Training 1: Tennessee Rules for Batterer’s Intervention Programs: An Overview

To receive your certificate of completion for this training, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Review the PDF of the Rules for Certified Batterers Intervention Programs
  2. Watch the presentation
  3. Take the quiz
  4. Complete the evaluation

Certificates will be available to each participant after the completion of these steps. If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Bethanie Poe at