Our Program

The Family Violence Intervention Program of Lafayette, Inc. (FVIP) was incorporated in April 1993 as a non-profit agency with a goal of coordinating a response to domestic violence and providing an alternative to violence in family life in Lafayette Parish. The original Board of Directors was composed of judges, lawyers, police officers, mental health care professionals and court personnel. The board found that there was no mechanism in place to coordinate the response system to domestic violence offenses.

FVIP set out to find a program that could offer some rehabilitative services to help the abuser end his abusive ways and therefore protect the victim from further harm. In this search 3 nationally recognized models were found that offered educational models that addressed the thought and belief system of the abusers. “The Duluth Model: Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter” was chosen to address this need. The model is a 26-week educational program which has a curriculum designed to give the batterer more insight into his thought and belief system, which is the root of what causes this behavior. FVIP also provides an education program for women who batter. The curriculum used is “Women Who Violence in Intimate Relationships” that is also designed to address violence as a learned behavior which can be changed.

In January 1994 the FVIP began offering education programs for male batterers. Facilitators for each class include one male and one female. The facilitators are trained in the curriculum. As of December 31, 2010 we have served over 5000 men. 90% of those have been court ordered and the remaining 10% came as volunteers or are referred by other agencies. The Board of Directors consists of community volunteers interested in supporting the mission to develop, coordinate and implement a community response system aimed at interrupting the cycle of domestic violence through education and by holding abusers accountable.  

FVIP offers education to domestic violence offenders. FVIP provides the most recent 2011 edition of the “Duluth Model” curriculum. FVIP contracts with (12) facilitators who have over seventy (70) years of combined experience in the Duluth curriculum and domestic violence.

Our curriculum provides instruction on ten themes.

1. Nonviolence

2. Non-threatening Behavior

3. Respect

4. Support and Trust

5. Accountability and Honesty

6. Responsible Parenting

7. Shared Responsibility

8. Economic Partnership

9. Sexual Respect

10. Negotiation and Fairness

 

Class Dates:

In addition to the classes there is an intake and orientation session for all participants. There are currently seven (7) male batterer groups, held at the Vermilion Conference Center, 326 Gautier Rd., two on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and one on Wednesday, and one group for women held at FVIP offices on Saturday morning.

Each men’s class is 2 hours in length from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Clients are required to attend once a week.

Costs:

Intake and Orientation:                      $ 40.00

25 Classes @ $25 each                   + $625.00

­­­­­­­­­­­­Total                                                  $665.00

Attendance:

FVIP accepts work and medical excuses for classes missed. Excuses must be provided by the employer, attending physician or hospital and received by this office by 4:00 pm the following day after the missed class.

Clients are allowed 2 unexcused absences without penalty. The third unexcused results in the client’s suspension from the program and must reinstate at a cost of $100.00 for the first suspension, $125.00 for the second suspension, and so on. Clients are contacted upon suspension and provided up to two weeks to reinstate. If clients do not reinstate, FVIP submits a letter of non-compliance to the court.

Capacity to perform the services described:

 FVIP has a well-trained team of facilitators and staff. Facilitators attend periodic trainings to discuss the program, learn new techniques for better participation and new ideas evolving from the model program. Facilitators are also evaluated by their clients and by the Executive Director to ensure the integrity of the program is met. The Executive Director is a 33 year veteran law enforcement officer, a retired Chief of Police who has recently obtained a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. Facilitators also evaluate clients to gauge their progress. The program coordinator is in regular contact with the prosecutors and probation officers, assuring offenders are held accountable.

The majority of the FVIP budget is sustained by client fees. FVIP maintains frugal control over all budgetary expenses with limited expenditures other than costs directly related to programming. FVIP conducts business with a limited staff of a fulltime director and a part time program coordinator.

FVIP is a solid fundamental, solution-focused program that has proven its presence in our community as a formidable foe against domestic violence.

The clients in the 26 week educational program are provided with a curriculum and practical tools they can use to modify the values and beliefs individuals use to justify their violent and abusive behavior. Once they learn to accept responsibility for their behavior and the effects it has on their personal relationships, then trust, respect, and love have a chance to grow in the relationship.