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 Town of AuSable Court in Keeseville, 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 Friday from 9am to 4pm by appointment only in the main office. There is a $30 charge for the intake interview as well as $30 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 tri-county area. 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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SCHOOL-BASED SERVICES WITH STUDENT LEADERS/ATHLETES
Mentors in Violence Prevention is a leadership program sponsored by Northeastern University Center for Sport in Society that motivates student athletes and student leaders to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered "women's issues": rape, battering, and sexual harassment. This program motivates men and women to work together in preventing gender violence b utilizing a unique bystander approach. The MVP program views student athletes and student leaders not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers. This emphasis reduces the defensiveness men often feel and the helplessness women often feel when discussing issues of men's violence against women.
The MVP approach does not involve finger pointing nor does it blame participants for the widespread problem of gender violence. Instead, it sounds a positive call for proactive preventative behavior and leadership.
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