TOPEKA – (February 10, 2021) – A Wichita batterer intervention program has been certified as compliant with state standards, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Encounter Behavioral Health and Counseling Center LLC was certified as having met the core standards described in the Essential Elements and Standards for Batterer Intervention Programs. A Kansas law enacted by the 2012 state legislature requires batterer intervention programs to obtain certification from the attorney general’s office.
There are 38 batterer intervention programs currently fully certified in the state. Two additional programs are operating under temporary permits.
The Batterer Intervention Certification Panel, appointed by the attorney general, completed an in-depth process including evaluation and site visits to assess program compliance. The certification was awarded for a two-year period, during which the program will be subject to additional monitoring by the attorney general’s office.
Batterer Intervention Programs are community-based programs providing educational and counseling services to domestic violence batterers who use dominating, controlling and abusive tactics in relationships. These programs establish accountability for batterers and prioritize victim safety by assisting participants to choose and sustain non-violence in their lives.
For more information on the Batterer Intervention Program, visit www.ag.ks.gov or call 1-800-828-9745.