Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description

Target

Partner Abuse Intervention Programs (PAIP) is 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who use physical, emotional, sexual and/or economic abuse to control an intimate partner and whose household income is at or below 200% of poverty. Participation may be voluntary or court-ordered.

Purpose

Services are offered to reduce and prevent domestic violence through education to abusers and assistance to the court system. The Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention is charged with establishing protocols, assessing compliance, and approving partner abuse intervention programs. The highest priority of each program is to ensure the safety and rights of victims and their children while preventing domestic violence through effective intervention strategies and integration with other systems.

Services

The Bureau currently provides monitoring and technical assistance to 74 Protocol compliant programs and their satellite offices. IDHS funds 26 of the 74 Partner Abuse Intervention Programs. 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. The vast majorities of abusers served are male, 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.

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 Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $923.5 $886.5 $838.5
Number of Grantees 28 26 26
Number Served 8,560 7,992 6,697

Program Accomplishments

  • Provided 173,086 hours of service.
  • Conducted 4,527 intake assessments.
  • Facilitated 14,976 groups.
  • Made 1,008 referrals to meet other identified needs.