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NCJ Number: 158845 Find in a Library
Title: Foundations for Violence-Free Living: A Step-by-Step Guide to Facilitating Men's Domestic Abuse Groups
Author(s): D J Mathews
Corporate Author: Wilder Community Assistance Program
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 236
Sponsoring Agency: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
St. Paul, MN 55104
Bigelow Foundation
St. Paul, MN 55101
Wilder Community Assistance Program
St. Paul, MN 55104
Publication Number: ISBN 0-940069-05-9
Sale Source: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Publishing Ctr
919 Lafond Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the proven effectiveness of the Wilder Community Assistance Program, this guidebook presents the components and group activities for counselors to use in working with men in heterosexual relationships who have abused a partner.
Abstract: The Wilder Men's Domestic Abuse Program was developed in 1981 in cooperation with the county community corrections department and family courts. The program provides men with education and support to help them identify, reduce, and eliminate violent behaviors in their relationships. It uses a combination of therapeutic approaches to confront values, attitudes, and behaviors toward women and others, especially in the areas of violence, abuse, power, control, and manipulation. This guidebook discusses the underlying philosophy and goals of the program. It describes how the program works with clients, including initial intake and individual counseling, some recommended policies, and special issues involved with facilitating these groups. A major section of the guidebook contains 29 activities, their accompanying worksheets, and guidelines for conducting each activity, as well as information about the kinds of issues counselors may encounter in each activity. Samples of all worksheets are provided. The group activities are categorized under the following topics: essential beginnings, steps toward insight, becoming accountable, tools for nonviolence, personal development, and evaluations.
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Counseling; Group therapy; Spouse abuse treatment programs; Violence prevention
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