Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) is a group psycho-educational treatment for men who have abused their partners.
- Referrals to this program come from criminal and civil court, Department of Social Services and individuals who self-refer.
- The program is thiry-two sessions and consists of orientation, individual assessment, weekly group sessions and monthly group follow-up sessions.
- Completion of the program takes one year.
- Curriculum is based on the feminist/cognitive-behavioral model, focusing on accountability for misuse of power and responsibility for learning non-violent, non-controlling behavior.
Topics covered include:
- developing respect for his partner
- exhibiting trust and support
- using non-threatening behavior
- employing negotiation and fairness
- development of an economic partnership
- sharing responsibility
- responsible parenting
- using honesty and accountability in his actions and communication.
For more information about this group, call 387-6161 or 889-6161 and ask for Victim Services.