Domestic Violence Program
Domestic violence results in injuries to more than two million women each year. Countless others suffer non-physical, but equally disturbing, acts of aggression. Some four to ten million children are exposed to violence in their homes. We know it can have lasting and sometimes permanent effects on children.
Our domestic violence services are essential elements in breaking the cycle of abuse and violence.
- The Men Overcoming Violence Program provides evaluation and treatment, over 52 sessions, in a structured psycho-educational group format.
- Children's Services - Individual and group therapy for children who have been exposed to violence in their homes.
- Women's Services - We offer individual and group treatment to adult victims of domestic violence.
We offer in-depth treatment based on the development of empathy toward others, the understanding of causal factors of violence for each participant, education and skills building to reduce the risk of future violence.
Both court mandated and voluntary referrals are accepted.
The group meets weekly and is a fee-for-service program. We accept most insurance, offer a sliding scale and have a $30 minimum fee for this group.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors designed to establish or maintain power and control over another person using a variety of tactics including verbal and emotional abuse, physical and sexual abuse as well as threats, intimidation, using the courts, efforts to undermine the mother-child relationship, economic control and instilling fear. While the visible violence may be episodic, many of the other tactics (while invisible to the system) are chronic and pervasive. Domestic violence causes both short and long-term consequences to the victims, including children.
Violence, ranging from lower level aggression to more lethal behaviors, is included on the continuum:
Continuum of Violence:
Disapproving Words or Looks
Blocking the Path
Poking a Finger
Shoving, Pull Hair
Hit - Open Hand or Fist
Aggressive/Coercive Sexual Behavior
Hit - Weapon
Hit Repeatedly, Chase
Causing Physical Injury
The Batterers Intervention group meets weekly and is a $30 minimum fee. For women's groups we accept most insurances, and offer a sliding fee.
First Call For Help call 729-9100 or www.firstcallforhelp.info/
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