The goal of Domestic Violence Treatment & Prevention is to modify the behavior of men and women participants, particularly those who have been, or are at risk of, committing domestic violence. We work with people who have used physical, emotional, verbal, economic or sexual abuse as a means to control their partners. During the program, clients are challenged to take full responsibility for their behavior. They are taught how to recognize potentially violent situations and how to choose specific alternatives to abusive behavior.
Our approach is one of “compassionate confrontation”. We believe that abusive behavior is not a problem in the relationship but a problem in the abuser. Therefore, our first goal for individuals in the program is for them to stop the violence and take full responsibility for their abusive behaviors. Our perspective on domestic abuse is that it is more than an “anger problem” – it is rooted in a fundamental imbalance of power and control in a relationship.