We believe that living free of violence is a human right that should be enjoyed equally by all. Further it is believed that an individual is personally responsible for his/her behavior towards others. Provocation never justifies violence. Violence is a learned behavior. It is a behavior that has rewards and consequences. Violence as an acceptable behavior for men is reinforced in our society.
Violence is not an expression of anger. It is not an outlet for frustration. It Is a means to an end and the end is forcing the will of one upon another. Violence can give one the feeling of power and control. Although violence is effective in the short run violence has a long list of unhappy, long-term effects which begin to appear shortly after the first incident or it may not appear for years. These effects are usually referred to as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They include: fear, mistrust, avoiding contact with others, lowered self-esteem and eventual destruction of the relationship.
DVAP programs recognize intimate partner abuse is a series or pattern of behaviors intended to exert control over one's partner or former partner and is rooted in problematic beliefs. While the role of emotion/feelings in behavioral choices may be reviewed, DVAP is not a course in anger management. The emphasis of DVAP is upon personal accountability for one's own behavioral choices, and the development of non-controlling beliefs and behaviors that promote respectful intimate partner relationships of equality.
Formerly, New Beginnings, A Balanced Approach to Counseling is committed to ending violence. It is the philosophical belief that all violence is learned nd can be unlearned. To that belief all services are dedicated to addressing the root causes of violence in the family. A Balanced Approach provides remedial services to persons convicted of domestic violence and child abuse. Working with probationers and parolees requires facilitators of the good of moral character.
Facilitators conduct two-hour weekly classes for fifty-two weeks focused on making behavioral changes. Maintaining confidentiality is important to the safety of victims and their children. Staff have access to police reports, past criminal histories and work closely with probation officers, parole agents, and the Courts as part of the coordinated community response to Domestic Violence.
Part of facilitation is contact with the victim. In order to provide the highest level of protection possible, facilitators need access to confidential information. Facilitators cannot be convicted felons, convicted of child abuse or endangerment. Background checks are the responsibility of the service provider. In order to get life scans done, we need a DOJ number.