Victims may hope their partner will change. But experience shows that once a person begins to be abusive, the problem is likely to get worse. Abusers may feel guilty and apologize after an abusive incident. They may promise themselves and their partners that they will change. Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, most batterers do not stop being abusive without outside assistance. Learn more about the Cycles of Abuse.
Battering and abuse are learned behaviors. Counseling and education are needed to bring about change in the batterer’s behavior. Certified Batterers Intervention Programs currently operate in every county in Massachusetts. To obtain a list of these programs, go to www.mass.gov/dph/fch/bi/bips.