The Family Tree Information, Education & Counseling Center Choices Program (TFTCP) started in 2021 after the only Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) in Acadiana closed because the facilitator retired. Judge Castille and Reggie Thomas, Lafayette City Marshal reached out to the Executive Director and asked for her to start an evidence based treatment program for abusers.
In an effort to reduce maternal deaths due to violence, TFTCP provides Anger Management Classes, Batterer Intervention Programs, education and behavioral health services for at-risk perinatal families in the seven-parish area of the Louisiana Office of Public Health Region IV (Acadiana). The seven parishes included in the service area are Acadia (rural), Evangeline (rural), Iberia (urban), Lafayette (urban), St. Landry (rural), St. Martin (rural) and Vermillion (rural). Lafayette Parish serves as the hub of all these parishes. These families experience disparities in perinatal health including maternal mortality resulting from multiple factors including race, education, poverty, and/or living in a rural area, which are common stressors, associated with violence and suicide. The purpose of the Choices Program is to increase public knowledge of intimate partner violence and suicide related maternal mortality, decrease recidivism and to reduce maternal deaths due to violence.
TFTCP has a muti-concept approach involving 1) health education provided to participants of The Family Tree Healthy Start Program (TFTHSP), 2) evidence based anger management and batterer intervention programs for participants and their spouses of Healthy Start, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) and other prenatal home visiting programs and 3) trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) to both survivors, perpetrators and children of domestic violence.