"I always know I can turn to BISC-MI to understand the complexities of ensuring meaningful offender accountability in a respectful and effective manner. I value their tremendous expertise, willingness to share that with stakeholders, and their thoughtfulness and commitment to work collaboratively to promote victim safety for those working with offenders."
Center for Court Innovation
Families in the Justice System
"When I first became a judge I did not fully understand the dynamic in domestic violence cases. With the resources BISC-MI provided I learned to view domestic violence as an imbalance of power and control between intimate partners, rather than as an anger management issue. That perspective informs my decision-making, and, I believe, leads to better outcomes for victims.”
Judge Tom Boyd
55th Judicial District Court
"BISC-MI is an innovative force for changing the status quo. Their leadership courageously sponsored the first national conference focused on contextually understanding the complexity of women's use of force: When She Hits Him: Why Gender & Context Matter. This set the standard for research and practice dissemination on this critical topic."
Lisa Young Larance
RENEW Program, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
"I had the honor to present on the Duluth Model at the From Roots to Wings Conference in 2005. The leadership of BISC-MI has helped all of us that do this important work to continue to engage in meaningful dialogue on effective ways of reducing and ending gender violence."
Executive Director, Education for Critical Thinking
"BISC-MI has received national attention because of their forward thinking and because they fill a much needed gap as a national clearinghouse for research and best practices. BISC-MI always looks at services from different angles and leaves space for opposing views. They have become an invaluable, thoughtful, inquisitive, creative and informative resource compiling information and ensuring that programs serve diverse families and communities."
House of Ruth Maryland, Website: www.hruth.org
"BISC-MI has been an outstanding leader in this movement and does incredible outreach, including Roots to Wings, one of the best conferences I have ever attended. Their work has been innovative and creative and reflects an openness and willingness to participate collaboratively with others. "
Founder-Alternatives to Violence
"BISC-MI is by far the most impressive and effective coalition of programs for men who batter in the country. I often use information from their website and have thoroughly benefited from attending their conferences. I consider BISC-MI to be an invaluable national resource on the topic."
Juan Carlos Arean
Director of the National Latin@ Network
for Healthy Families and Communities
"BISC-MI has taken on a role that many people don't want to support...the counseling and healing of the batterer. It is difficult to assist the batterer in understanding and accepting what has been done to victims of domestic violence by their hands. BISC-MI helps to ensure that the safety of the victim or survivor is never compromised."
Mildred D Muhammad
Founder/Executive Director, After The Trauma, Inc.
"I am extremely grateful for the information provided at BISC-MI conferences for batterer intervention programs, offered to providers from diverse communities all over the state and country. These training opportunities have enlightened service providers and helped clients and their families experience miraculous, positive changes in their lives. "
Criminal Defense Attorney
"To my knowledge BISC-MI is the only organization to systematically and consistently support the work of batterer intervention staff and programs across the USA and Canada and has an ongoing collection of documents where anyone in the world with a computer can find out about programs, state standards, state IPV coalitions, and training. BISC-MI has never lost sight of survivor-centered and safety perspectives."
Larry Bennett, Ph.D.
Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work
"BISC-MI is the only place to go with all the information about batterers’ programs, intervention strategies and activities, and comparing national batterer certifications. BISC-MI values understanding qualitative information about recidivism, and provides a place to learn about batterer intervention program ideas that I often use in training the criminal justice system. "
Rhonda Martinson, J.D.
Rhonda Martinson Consulting, LLC
We will provide a working forum for interaction and information sharing among agencies and individuals concerned with the provision of batterer intervention services in Michigan.
We will help create and maintain coordinated community actions that hold batterers accountable for their behavior and promote safety and empowerment for victims.
We will give safety, needs, and concerns of victims/survivors priority over the interests of batterers or any batterer intervention service model.
We will promote social change which works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence.