Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Do you have lots of unresolved conflicts with your partner?

Do you get angry easily?

Do you have difficulty expressing your anger in healthy way?

Are your children impacted by the home environment?

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) delivers specialized therapeutic intervention services to perpetrators of domestic violence that promotes the safety of their children and partners. The team comprised of trained counsellors to work with individuals in creating safer family dynamic and home. DVIP provides Caring Dads group as well as 1:1 individual counselling for further support. The program also serves female and/or LGBTQ12S clients in power based relationship.

Caring Dads Group

Caring Dads is a 17-week group designed to support fathers in developing child-centred and abuse free relationships with their children and their children's mother. Fathers will also learn parenting skill that is more child centered and are helped:

  • To recognize and prioritize their children's needs
  • To understand the impact of their behaviour on their kids and partner.
  • To take responsibility for their use of abusive behaviour.
  • To engage with their children in an empathetic and nurturing way.

We also contact clients' partners to connect them with community resources.

The program runs ongoing group sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
For information on the upcoming Caring Dads Groups:
- in English (click here)
- in Punjabi (click here)
 

One-to-One Individual Counselling
Individual counselling is also available to those that need further support for conflict resolutions, are having mild mental health conditions affecting their growth, are lacking the motivation to attend group or are having personal issues they do not find comfortable sharing in depth in group settings.

Mom's Empowerment Groups

Moms' Empowerment is an 8 week group designed for mothers who have experienced abuse in their intimate relationships. Moms meet to share their parenting experiences, concerns and receive support from their peers and professionals. Culturally competent and language specific services are available to all women including Indigenous and Immigrant women.

Some of the topics that will be discussed:

  • Empowerment and safety
  • Understanding of power and control
  • Cycle of abuse and how to break it
  • Intergenerational transmission of violence
  • Effect of violence exposure on children
  • Identify children's needs and new ways to talk with your children about abuse
  • Learn new discipline techniques and parenting skills.

Eligibility criteria

Fathers who have physically / emotionally abused or neglected their children and / or exposed them to abusive choices of behaviour towards their mother.

Mothers who have experienced abuse in their intimate relationships.

Referral Process

Dads
Referrals from Ministry of Children and Family Development are given priority. Referrals from Adult Probation, other community resources as well as self-referrals are considered next if space allows. Social workers and other community workers can refer clients to the program by completing the referral form. (Click here for the Referral Form.) For self-referred clients, please call the program manager on 604.809.5742

Moms
Social workers and other community workers can refer clients to the program by completing the referral form. (Click here for the Referral Form.) For self-referred clients, please call 604.785.0177.

 

Can you access the program directly?

Yes.

Other information

Location

#101, 13583 - 81 Avenue
Surrey, BC  V3W 3V8

Contact

Harpal Johl
Program Manager
T: 604.596.4321  ext. 21182
Email: harpal.johl@options.bc.ca

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