Peace and Choices

Peace and Choices

Both groups meet weekly for twenty-four weeks and use education and mutual assistance to provide practical information about how to replace threatening and controlling behaviors in men with non-violent respectful behaviors toward women. The group provides instruction, support, and self help to increase awareness of domestic violence and to support taking responsibility for controlling behaviors. The basic premise is battering and the misuse of power and control are learned behaviors, with conscious choices made by the abuser. Therefore, new behaviors can be learned and the batterer can make better choices about using or misusing power and control in his (or her) personal relationships. The focus is on eight themes involved in building mutual relationships: Non-threatening behavior, Non-violence, Respect, Support and Trust, Honesty and Accountability, Sexual Respect, Partnership, Negotiation, and Fairness.