Partner Abuse Intervention Programs (PAIP)
Bureau of Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Partner Abuse Intervention Programs (PAIP) are for individuals who use physical, emotional, sexual and economic abuse to control the life of and maintain power over an intimate partner. Individuals may volunteer or be court ordered to attend a Partner Abuse Intervention Program.


Services are offered to reduce and prevent domestic violence through education to abusers and assistance to the court system


Partner Abuse Intervention Programs provide at a minimum 24 group sessions that participants must attend to complete the program. Group sessions are typically conducted weekly and include at least 36 hours of group intervention to:

  • Educate participants about the causes and forms of domestic violence.
  • Provide participants with skills for handling conflict situations.
  • Promote attitudes that are associated with non-abusive behavior and challenge attitudes that are associated with abusive behavior.
  • Learn to take responsibility for their actions, nonviolent and non-aggressive ways of communicating; and positive, healthy, nurturing, and non-abusive parenting.

In addition to groups, participants receive a comprehensive assessment to determine the need for other services, i.e. substance abuse or mental health treatment.

The programs provide a service to the courts to hold abusers accountable for their abusive behavior.

Delivery Method

Services are provided by a statewide network of programs that follow the Illinois Protocol for Partner Abuse Intervention Programs, a set of guidelines that represent best practices in serving abusers.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $895.8 $892.7 $896.4 $923.6
Number of Grantees 28 28 28 28
Number Served 9,000 6,805 8,966 13,864

Program Effectiveness

  • The Bureau currently provides monitoring and technical assistance to 72 Protocol compliant programs and their satellite offices.
  • IDHS funds 28 of the 72 Partner Abuse Intervention Programs.
  • In FY2008, programs provided 312,720 hours of service.
  • The vast majorities of abusers served are males, 20-50 years old and mandated to a Partner Abuse Intervention Program following a domestic battery arrest and/or conviction and/or for violation of an Order of Protection.