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VIP is a 33-week educational program designed to teach non-controlling, non-abusive behavior to adult men for the safety and justice of women.

Each participant completes an individual interview and a group orientation prior to attending the 33 two-hour weekly group sessions. The men’s groups are based on the Duluth model and have an open enrollment with a 3-week cycle.


  • Ending the violence.

  • Encouraging participants to take responsibility for their actions and to understand that violence is a choice.

  • Assisting participants to understand the direct connection between acts of violence and control.

  • Encouraging participants to examine their beliefs that contribute to abusive behavior.

  • Exploring the effects and impact of violence.

  • Using non-abusive and non-controlling behaviors in relationships.

  • Assisting participants to develop self-esteem and respect for others.


VIP program offices are located at 22 US Oval, Suite 218, in Plattsburgh, NY. Group sessions are held in the main offices as well as the Adirondack Community Action Program (ACAP) located at 7572 Court Street, in Elizabethtown, NY. There are both evening and daytime groups available.


To be accepted into group, the individuals must acknowledge their use of violence and set goals towards change. Interviews are conducted Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm by appointment only in the main office. There is a $30 charge for the intake interview as well as a $30 charge for the orientation session. To make an appointment, please call 563-7208. There is a $25 charge for each of the 33 sessions. Court, DSS, educational facilities and probation or parole generally mandate participation although self-referrals are also accepted.

Effectiveness of VIP as part of the Coordinated Community Action Model to stop domestic violence is measured by the expanding geographic location of referral sources in the region in which we serve. In the 2012 Quality Management Outcome Results, the re-arrest record for 5 years post-completion was 11% compared to the national average of 40% re-arrest record.

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Dude, That's Rude takes aim at abusive behavior

"Dude That's Rude" is an anti-domestic-violence campaign intended to bring awareness to verbal abuse and spur change for those that witness it to stand up against abusive behavior. The slogan, ‘Dude That’s Rude’, came about from a participate in the Violence Intervention Project who was faced with this dilemma when overhearing a man say abusive things to a woman at the local grocery store. He simply turned to the man and said, “Dude, that was very rude”. Speaking up for a woman at the grocery store might seem like a small accomplishment, but not speaking out makes it seem to the victim, abuser and society in general, that it is okay for the man to be treating her like that. It allows people permission to do the same or worse.

Visit the ‘Dude That’s Rude’ website to learn more and become an agent of change.

“There are men who are ready to step up, who don’t like this and are bothered by the comments,” our VIP program director said. "They were just waiting to be asked, and that's what I'm hoping will happen here." 

To find out more about this effective and innovative program, click here.

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