The Alternatives To Violence (ATV) program strives to curb violence and abuse committed by men and women by assisting participants in identifying Alternatives To Violent behavior. The ATV Group setting was implemented to give participants who abuse an opportunity to attend a group treatment program. It is designed for domestic violence offenders.
The goal of the program is to give the participants information and education on how to identify their abusive behavior, how to make appropriate changes regarding their abusive behavior, and help them discuss and confront said behavior. It also helps them to get in touch with their thoughts and feelings and the reasons they abuse.
The objective of the ATV Group is to help those who are violent take responsibility for their abusive behavior and to end that behavior. Most participants, about 98%, are court ordered to enroll by the Court of Common Pleas Judge or a local District Judge. However, self-referrals are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The ATV Group is 17 weeks in duration. The fee for the initial assessment is $50 and the 16 group sessions are $15 each.