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Brazoria County Uses Pragmatic Initiative To Deal With Domestic Violence

It recently started a program for offenders on probation focusing on their rehabilitation.

Program manager Kelli Wright, Judge Chad Bradshaw and supervision officer Meghan Ryan work at the Brazoria County Domestic Violence Court.
From left to right: Domestic Violence Court program manager Kelli Wright; Domestic Violence Court Judge, Judge Chad Bradshaw; and Domestic Violence Court supervision officer, Meghan Ryan.
Judge Chad Bradshaw is in charge of the Brazoria County Domestic Violence Court.
Judge Chad Bradshaw is in charge of the Brazoria County Domestic Violence Court.
Last March, the Brazoria County Domestic Violence Court provided a training session on sexual assault family violence.
Last March, the Brazoria County Domestic Violence Court provided a training session on sexual assault family violence.

Brazoria County is implementing a pragmatic initiative to deal with domestic violence.

Last February, the county court that specializes in these kind of cases, which is located in Angleton, officially launched a program for offenders who are on probation.

Those participating in the program take a course about domestic violence, officially known as Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP), and have to attend compliance hearings twice a month, among other tasks.

“When they come to court, we require that they talk about what they’ve learned and the things that they’re implementing from the class,” explains Judge Chad Bradshaw, who presides over the court.

Bradshaw adds that one of the main goals of the program, which can last up to 18 months on average, is to change the attitude and behavior of the offenders, so they don’t become repeat offenders.

Kelli Wright, the program’s manager, says that domestic violence frequently has several phases.

In some cases, the offender stops acting in a violent way but, after some time, does it again.

That is why Wright stays in regular contact with the victims.

“I think that’s one of the overall goals, it’s just to let them know that we understand this cycle and we are gonna be here if it does occur again,” notes Wright.

Another strategy the court uses is to train law enforcement and Child Protective Services (CPS) professionals about domestic violence issues.

The next two trainings, both free of charge and open to professionals who work in other counties too, will focus on child abuse investigations.

Module 1 will be taught on June 20th and Module 2 on July 26th.

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