The Abuser Intervention Program is a 32-week group process that focuses on identifying abusive and controlling behaviors, examining influences that contribute to violence, discussing the effects of violence on victims, children, and perpetrators, and replacing abusive behaviors with non-abusive actions. It provides training in new skills of self-management, communication, empathy, and problem-solving. The focus of these groups is to take accountability for violent behaviors.
AIP Sign-Up Information
To schedule an intake, the client must call the AIP Coordinator directly at 410-836-8431, ext. 226
- Intakes are scheduled within 10 business days of initial contact; available by appointment only, Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, at the District Courthouse located at 2 S. Bond Street, Bel Air, MD 21014, in the SARC office located on the 1st floor next to courtroom #4.
Please note: The Courthouse prohibits the possession of weapons of any sort (including work-related items such as box cutters). Failure to comply with this mandate will result in non-admittance into the building.
- Services are for perpetrators of intimate partner violence only.
- There is a $65 fee for all scheduled intakes.
- Any court documentation (i.e. protective order, court order, etc.) and verification of employment and pay must be provided when scheduling an intake.
- Each client is charged per group on a sliding fee scale. Payment is due each week.
- Groups meet weekly for 1.5 hours.
- Clients are allowed 6 absences from their AIP group before discharge.
- Pre and post-tests are given to all clients to assist in determining progress throughout the program.
- Abusive and violent behaviors are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated. A contract must be signed at the intake outlining the responsibilities of the client.
- Homework is assigned throughout the program, and the client is required to complete all homework assignments.
- If clients are Court-Ordered to complete the AIP program, SARC staff will maintain contact with the Department of Parole and Probation as well as the courts to update involved parties on the client’s progress in the Abuser Intervention Program.
Online Group Sessions
- AIP Online Groups are being offered as a voluntary option for current clients to continue participating in the Abuser Intervention Program due to COVID-19 social distancing CDC guidelines. This involves the use of interactive telecommunications or electronic media via Zoom.
- If you feel uncomfortable using the technology or have privacy/safety concerns, you may choose not to engage in online AIP groups and may resume in person group sessions when the agency is able to resume groups.
- While minimal, there are some limitations with online groups, including technological failure, miscommunication and increased risk of technology breaches.
- If you choose to participate, please follow this link and complete the permission form.
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment. Digital payments can be made via PayPal. To make a payment with your credit card, click Pay Now. You’ll be taken to a secure website where you can enter your credit card information.
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