Restoring hope with dignity

Outpatient Relational Violence Program (RVP) for Adults (18+)

The Joseph J. Peters Institute understands that relational violence arises from multiple pathways within relationships and that treating individuals who have perpetrated interpersonal violence requires an approach that takes a look at the ways in which patterns of violence arise and are maintained, which then provides a roadmap to determine the factors that should be targeted in treatment. Our ultimate goal is to help individuals discontinue violence in their relationships and live safe and healthy lives.

JJPI offers treatment services for adult (18+) males and females who have engaged in interpersonal violence (IPV)/Domestic Violence (DV).

All individuals receive a comprehensive evaluation, including a measure of their risk assessment for violence, probability of domestic violence recidivism, and psychiatric consultation. The evaluation is overseen by a licensed psychologist and/or psychiatrist with expertise in treating individuals who have perpetrated relational violence.

Evaluation is followed by an assignment to treatment including group therapy using a combination of the Duluth Model and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, as well as individual therapy if indicated.

The focus of treatment is on helping the individual assess and change dysfunctional attitudes that support violence, build skills to better function interpersonally, and to identify and treat any co-occurring psychiatric or other problems. Making a full disclosure of the offense and taking full responsibility for one’s actions is central to successful treatment.

Our team works to help individuals identify maladaptive attitudinal and behavior patterns and to develop strategies to replace abusive behaviors with respectful and prosocial behaviors.