Domestic Violence Program

 12-Week Program

 Week Topics:

1. INTRODUCTIONS. Motivation, Awareness, Real-Life Skills and

Welcome to the Domestic Violence Program.

2. HUMAN BEHAVIOR, NEEDS AND MOTIVATION. What motivates humans and some of their behaviors? Basic and advanced needs. Issues related to power and control. Motivation to change.
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE. The law, Florida Statutes Sections: 741.28, 741.31 and 784.046 DV, stalking, TPO's and CPO's. Definition of abuse, e.g. verbal, emotional, sexual and physical. Public attention to domestic violence and abuse.

3. CYCLE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Explanation and examples of tension-building phase, anger expression or violent phase, and honeymoon phase: in addition to discussion on what holds a person into tolerating the cycle, e.g. love, hope, and fear.
CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Discussion on cycle of violence rules played with children, what children are learning, and how children are affected by domestic violence. Apply to cycle of violence.
4. BEING MALE/FEMALE. Gender differences, expectations, roles, and confusion.
RELATIONSHIPS AND YOU. What do you like and/or dislike about a mate/partner (conflict resolution)? What was going on in your relationship reflecting on your story?
5. VALUES, ETHICS, AND BELIEF SYSTEM. Defining values and ethics. Understanding your belief system and what role it has in your life.
SELF-ESTEEM. Who are you, how do you see yourself, your development, and influences on our self?

6. CYCLE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. A mid-review. Review and
Discuss stories of domestic violence.
DECISION-MAKING. Choices, consequences. Scenarios, problem­ solving skills-identify, options/alternatives, weighing the positives and negatives, solving the problem.
drugs, and its impact on domestic violence. What is addiction? What do they give to us? Life styles. Triggers for anger and for substance abuse.
ADDICTIONS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (PART II). Recovery and warning signs, symptoms, relapse, and mental illness.
8. LOSS AND GRIEF. Why and how does it apply to domestic violence? What is lost? Kubler-Ross' six stages of loss and grief.
ASSERTIVE AND AGGRESSIVE. Discussion, what is the difference? What helps us in a positive way? Role-playing.
9. YOUR LIFE STORY. Writing your obituary and/or eulogy. (or share verbally). Obituary-notice of death, short biography. Eulogy is "to praise", to speak or write in high praise of a commendatory formal statement or set oration.
COMMUNICATION. Verbal/non-verbal. Positive and negative.

11. CLOSURE-LESSONS LEARNED. Discussion, community resources.