2015 News Releases

Public forums to review batterer intervention program certification process

Release Date: Oct 02, 2015

TOPEKA – (October 2, 2015) – A series of public forums to solicit feedback from stakeholders on the requirements and procedures for batterer Intervention program certification begins today, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.


The Batterer Intervention Program Certification Act was passed by the Legislature in 2012, and gave the attorney general the authority to certify and inspect batterer intervention programs in Kansas. The act also directed the attorney general’s office to develop tools and methodologies for the domestic violence offender assessment. The office is currently reviewing the standards and process for certifying batterer intervention programs, and is seeking feedback at five regional meetings. 


“After operating under this new law for three years, we’re asking stakeholders for feedback,” Schmidt said. “As we mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, we look forward to hearing how we can improve these programs and continue working to reduce domestic violence in Kansas.”


The public forums are scheduled for the following locations:

Friday, October 2

10 a.m. to noon

Pittsburg Police Department
201 N Pine St., Pittsburg

Wednesday, October 7

10 a.m. to noon

Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10thAve., Topeka

Tuesday, October 27

10 a.m. to noon

Highway Patrol Center
1821 Frontier Rd., Hays

Thursday, October 29

10 a.m. to noon

Youth and Family Services Center
920 W. Spruce St., Olathe

Friday, November 6

10 a.m. to noon

Water Center
101 E Pawnee St., Wichita


More information on the batterer intervention program and the upcoming forums can be found on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov/bip.

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